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21 August 1944
War at Sea
German submarine U-230 scuttled after running aground off Toulon.
French General Koenig is appointed military governor of Paris
Start of the Dumbarton Oaks Conference
German VI Army retreats to the River Pruth
North Kingstown, R. I. – August 21, 1944
On the afternoon of August 21, 1944, two TBF-1 Avengers, (Bu. No. 23967), and (Bu. No. 06104), left Quonset Point Naval Air Station as part of a flight of several planes that were to take part in a routine training mission. The two Avengers were flying in a two-plane formation over Narragansett Bay along the western side of Jamestown Island while they waited for other aircraft in the flight to join up with them. Bu. No. 23967, piloted by Ensign Walter L. Miller, Jr., 21, of Texas, was in the lead position. The other aircraft, Bu. No. 06104 was piloted by another Ensign, and was flying in the number two position.
While both aircraft were about two miles southwest of the Jamestown Bridge, and at an altitude of 1,500 feet, they began to make a ten degree bank to the left. The air was turbulent, and while the bank was being executed, the right wing of the number two aircraft collided with the elevator of the lead plane. Immediately after the collision, Ensign Miller’s aircraft went down and crashed into a vacant house in the Saunderstown section of North Kingstown and came to rest in the side yard where it exploded killing all aboard. The vacant cottage was destroyed by the fire.
There was an 8-year-old boy playing in the front yard of his home 100 yards away who suffered non-life-threatening burns from the flaming gasoline sprayed by the explosion.
A second house in which an elderly invalid woman was residing was also set ablaze. She was rescued by two Coast Guardsmen, Meredith E. Dobry, of Bensonville, Ill. and Daniel Caruso, of Meriden, Ct., who both happened to be in the area at the time of the crash.
The other Avenger was able to make it safely back to Quonset Point without injury to the crew.
Both aircraft were assigned to CASU-22 at Quonset Point.
The dead were identified as:
Pilot: Ensign Walter Lee Miller, Jr., 21, of Morton, Texas. To see a photograph of Ensign Miller, go to www.findagrave.com, see memorial #38854830.
ARM3c Jacob C. Beam, 20, of Pottstown, Pa. He’s buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery in North Coventry, Pa. See www.findagrave memorial #130440147.
AMM3c Donald J. Finkler. 19, of East Cleveland, Ohio.
U. S. Navy accident report dated August 21, 1944
Providence Journal, “Three Quonset Airmen Die As Plane Falls, Fires House”, August 22, 1944, Pg. 1
New York Times, “Plane Hits House 3 Die”, August 22, 1944
Newport Mercury, “Navy Men Identified In Bomber Crash”, date either Aug. 22, or 23rd, 1944
21 August 1944 - History
The estate the conference took place at
In the fall of 1943 the foreign ministers of the United States, USSR and Great Britain had met in Moscow and issued the Moscow declaration. The declaration called for the establishment of an organization for international cooperation to succeed the League of Nations. To start planning for that organization a conference was held in Washington from August 21, 1944, to October 7,1944 at the Dumbarton Oaks Estate. Representatives of the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain and China attended. The US delegation was led by Under Secretary Edward Reilly Stettinius, Jr, for the USSR their ambassador to Washington Andrei Gromyko, for the Chinese their Ambassador to the UK Wellington Koo and for Great Britain Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Sir Alexander Cadogan.
The meeting took place in two phases since the Soviets refused to meet with the Chinese delegation. First the US the UK and the USSR met and then the US, UK and USSR met. At the end of the meeting the purposes of the international organizations was defined:
To maintain international peace and security
To develop friendly relations among nations
To achieve international co-operation in the solution of international economic, social and other problems
To work to harmonizing the actions of nations.
894 Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company stayed at Taunton Somerset on 21 august 1944
The 894 Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company is one of the units on the UK Station List made by Mr. Grinton. This and other records on Back to Normandy was compiled from Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, Kingdom Station List, and dated 7 September 1944.
(-) minus sign behind a unit name indicates that part of the unit was elsewhere.
Counties are mentioned as the so called pre-1974 British counties. The map co-ordinates are automatically made with Google Maps. If you have a more accurate location, photos, stories or links, please sent your information to Back to Normandy. The unit is also know as member of the US Army, Army Air Force. In this period, around this date of 21 augustus 1944 the 894 Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company were here in Taunton, Somerset.
The original station list was obtained from the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) at College Park, Maryland. The NARA describe it as HQ/ETO Station List, 4/30/44 and reference Box 15, 270/48/32/2. In the European and Mediterranean theater the US Army had 3.5 million troops there. About 1.7 million were combat troops and around 700.000 were service troops along with 592.000 army air force troops and the rest were replacements, patients, overhead and staff. The correct count of support- and line troops in this context is difficult.
876 Airborne Engineer (Aviation) Battalion, HQ & Service Company stayed at Sole Common Berkshire on 21 august 1944
The 876 Airborne Engineer (Aviation) Battalion, Headquarters & Service Company is one of the units on the UK Station List made by Mr. Grinton. This and other records on Back to Normandy was compiled from Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, Kingdom Station List, and dated 7 September 1944.
(-) minus sign behind a unit name indicates that part of the unit was elsewhere.
Counties are mentioned as the so called pre-1974 British counties. The map co-ordinates are automatically made with Google Maps. If you have a more accurate location, photos, stories or links, please sent your information to Back to Normandy. The unit is also know as member of the US Army, Army Air Force. In this period, around this date of 21 augustus 1944 the 876 Airborne Engineer (Aviation) Battalion, Headquarters & Service Company were here in Sole Common, Berkshire.
The original station list was obtained from the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) at College Park, Maryland. The NARA describe it as HQ/ETO Station List, 4/30/44 and reference Box 15, 270/48/32/2. In the European and Mediterranean theater the US Army had 3.5 million troops there. About 1.7 million were combat troops and around 700.000 were service troops along with 592.000 army air force troops and the rest were replacements, patients, overhead and staff. The correct count of support- and line troops in this context is difficult.
Continental sloop Saratoga lost with all hands in a gale off the Bahamas. The only survivors were detailed to a captured vessel which almost capsized in the same storm. Crew of 86 less the prize crew drowned. 18 Mar. 1781.
Seaman Lymen Amsden, frigate USS Constitution, fell overboard and drowned. 2 Sep. 1799.
Seaman John Robson, fell from frigate USS Constitution's main yard into the sea and drowned. 18 Oct. 1799.
Brig USS Pickering presumably sank with all hands in a gale in Sep. 1800. Last seen 20 Aug. 1800 when she departed for the West Indies. Approximately 105 lost.
Frigate USS Insurgent lost with all hands, presumably in a gale after leaving Hampton Roads on 8 Aug. 1800, bound for the West Indies. Approximately 340 drowned. 20 Sep. 1800.
USS Constitution sailor, Richard Beedland fell from aloft and was killed. 27 Aug. 1803.
Jacob Hendrickson, USS Constitution, killed by fall from aloft. 17 May 1804.
David Darling, Ships' Boy, USS Constition, fell from the booms into the hold and was killed by the fall. 14 Jul. 1804.
Frigate USS John Adams small boat accident. Thomas McDonald, William Fountain and John Bartlett drowned. 28 Aug. 1804.
Ketch Intrepid, fitted out as an "infernal" or fire ship, blown up in premature detonation of powder charges during blockade of Tripoli. 12 killed, including Capt. Richard Somers. 4 Sep. 1804.
Gun Boat #159 lost in Chesapeake Bay with all on board. 13 drowned. 11 Sep. 1810.
Gun Boat #2 sank in gale in Chesapeake Bay. 40 lost. 5 Oct. 1811.
During the unsuccessful pursuit of HMS Belvidera, one of frigate President's bow chasers exploded, wounding 16 men. 23 Jun. 1812.
Schooners USS Hamilton and Scourge capsize in a heavy squall on Lake Ontario. Over 80 drowned. 8 Aug. 1813.
Gun Boat #164 sank in a squall in Chesapeake Bay. 20 drowned. 16 Sep. 1813.
Schooner USS Alligator sank in Port Royal Sound during a heavy storm. 23 drowned. 30 Jun. 1814.
Gun Boat #146 blew up owing to magazine explosion. 9 killed. 23 Aug. 1814.
Sloop-of-War USS Epervier disappeared in Atlantic Ocean. 132 sailors and 2 Marines died. Last seen on 8 Aug. 1815.
Ship-of-the-Line USS Independence seaman William Oaty accidentally killed by pistol shot. 27 Jan. 1816.
Chartered schooner Quaker sank in a gale with all aboard. 41 drowned. 6 Mar. 1820.
Schooner USS Lynx disappeared en route from St. Mary's GA to Jamaica. 50 died. Last seen on 11 Jan. 1820.
Schooner USS Wildcat lost with all hands in a gale while sailing between Cuba and Thompson's Island, West Indies. Approximately 31 died. 28 Oct. 1824.
Schooner USS Ferret capsized in storm off Cuba. 5 drowned. 4 Feb. 1825.
Steam frigate USS Fulton, used as a receiving ship, destroyed by gunpowder explosion. 30 killed. 4 Jun. 1829.
Brig USS Hornet disappeared in with all hands in the Caribbean, reportedly sinking in a gale off Tampico on 29 Sep. 1829. 145 lost.
LT Richard R. McMullin died from fall from poop on the sloop Warren at Rio de Janeiro. 28 Jan. 1833.
Midshipman Edward Hopkinson died from fall from the mizen top of . while at Montevideo. 31 Jan. 1831.
Schooner USS Sylph probably sank in a storm in August 1831. 13 lost. Disappeared after departing Pensacola, Fla., in July 1831.
LT John A. Wish died as a result of injury received from a falling small pair of shears at the New York Navy Yard. 25 Oct. 1833.
Schooner USS Sea Gull disappeared, presumably sinking in a storm between Tierra del Fuego and Valpariso. 15 died. Last seen on 8 May 1839.
Navy Agent George Johnson lost in Gulf of Mexico on his way to Pensacola, Feb. 1841.
LT William B. Lyne drowned at Norfolk, 30 Apr. 1841.
Passed Midshipman D. Ross Crawford drowned in Delaware River, 26 Jul. 1841.
An explosion during an ordnance experiment at the Washington Navy Yard killed two workers. For safety purposes, the laboratory and powder magazine are then moved to separate locations. 7 Sep 1841.
LT John F. Borden drowned in the Potomac, 5 Apr. 1842.
Sloop USS Concord wrecked in Mozambique Channel. 3 died. 2 Oct. 1842.
CDR William Boerum and Purser Benjamin F. Hart drowned at the mouth of the Lorango River, 2 Nov. 1842.
Brig USS Somers crewmen: Midshipman Philip Spencer, son of the Secretary of War Boatswain's Mate Samuel Cromwell and Seaman Elisha Small found guilty of intention to mutiny and executed by hanging. 1 Dec. 1842.
Schooner USS Grampus presumably foundered in a gale off South Carolina with all hands. 25+ drowned. Last heard from on 15 Mar. 1843.
Brig USS Lawrence Seaman Michael Cummings killed by discharge of a gun. 20 Jan. 1844.
Screw Steamer USS Princeton 12-inch shell gun explodes in ordnance accident. Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur Capt. Beverly Kennon, Chief of the Bureau of Construction, Equipment and Repairs Rep. Virgil Maxey of Maryland Rep. David Gardiner of New York and a servant of the President killed. Approximately 20 individuals injured. 29 Feb. 1844.
CDR William D. Newman drowned at Montevideo, 11 Oct. 1844.
Midshipman Joseph T. Bartlett drowned on Monrovia bar, coast of Africa, 30 Mar. 1846.
Midshipman Wingate Pilsbury drowned near Vera Cruz, Mexico, 25 Jul. 1846.
LT George M. Bache drowned, 8 Sep. 1846.
Surgeon Charles A. Hassler drowned in Long Island Sound, 27 Nov. 1846.
Brig USS Somers capsized and foundered in a sudden squall while chasing a blockade runner off Vera Cruz, Mexico. 32 drowned. 8 Dec. 1846.
Side wheel steamer USS Mississippi Ordinary Seaman John Myers killed by discharge of a gun. 21 Mar. 1847.
Commander William S. Harris and Commander Henry Pinkney drowned at Tuspan, Mexico, 15 May. 1848.
Passed Assistant Surgeon Silas Holmes drowned in Mobile Bay, Alabama. 24 May 1849.
Gunner Charles S. McLane killed by the bursting of a gun at the Washington Navy Yard. 13 Nov. 1849.
LT Robert L. Browning and LT Richard Bache drowned in Trinidad Bay, California. 27 Mar. 1850.
Passed Midshipman Charles Dyer Jr. drowned at Pensacola, Florida, on 23 Aug. 1850.
LT John Matthews drowned off the Bonin Islands on 25 Oct. 1853.
Sloop USS Cyane expedition in Panama. 9 died of disease and exposure. Expedition took place between Jan. -Mar. 1854.
Brig USS Porpoise disappeared, presumably sinking during a typhoon. 62+ died. Last seen between Formosa and China on 21 Sep. 1854.
Sloop USS Albany disappeared. 193 died. Last seen when she departed Aspinwall, Columbia on 29 Sep. 1854.
Boatswain William Whiting killed accidentally in Woosung, China, 1 April 1855.
Commander William Lewis Herndon lost at sea on 21 Dec. 1857.
Screw steamer USS Mohawk Landsman Thomas J. Stokes killed by accidental discharge of gun. 13 Jan. 1860.
Sloop-of-War USS Levant disappeared on voyage to Panama. 155 died. Last seen in Hawaii on 18 Sep. 1861.
Screw sloop-of-war USS Iroquois sailor killed by accidental discharge of gun. 29 Jan. 1862.
Ironclad river gunboat Cairo steam accident. Seaman Charles R. Leavett killed. 17 Feb. 1862.
Screw steamer USS Daylight acting Master's Mate James Corlace killed by accidental discharge of musket. 12 Mar. 1862.
Steam gunboat USS Mercedita Seaman John Morry killed in ordnance accident. 15 Mar. 1862.
Side wheel steamer USS Tyler Boatswain's Mate John D. Seymour killed in ordnance accident. 12 Apr. 1862.
Mortar schooner USS C. P. Williams Landsman accidentally shot by shipmate. 29 Apr. 1862.
Steamer USS Southfield Landsman William Morrow jumped overboard when a Confederate howitzer shot struck the steamchest. He was presumed drowned. 10 Dec. 1862.
Ironclad USS Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras. 16 drowned. 31 Dec. 1862.
Screw sloop USS Hartford acting Master's Mate Herbert Judson killed in ordnance accident. 22 Jan. 1863.
Frigate storeship USS Brandywine Landsman James Bromley killed in ordnance accident. 7 Feb. 1863.
Sloop of war Preble steam accident. Ship's Corporal William Wilson killed. 27 Feb. 1863.
Ironclad screw steamer USS Galena Ordinary Seaman Jacob Meyers accidentally shot himself. 7 Mar. 1863.
Side-wheel gunboat Mount Washington steam accident. Acting 3d Assistant Engineer John Healey killed. 20 Apr. 1863.
Stern wheel gunboat USS Springfield Quartermaster John Magin killed in ordnance accident. 7 May. 1863.
Screw sloop USS Mohican Seaman Thomas Conroy killed by premature cartridge explosion. 30 May. 1863.
Frigate USS Sabine Seaman John Connelly killed in ordnance accident. 30 Jun. 1863.
Single turret monitor Nahant steam accident. Fireman John Curran and Landsman Edward Coven killed. 23 Jul. 1863.
Ironclad ram USS Tennessee Seaman Andrew Young killed in ordnance accident. 28 Jul. 1863.
Single turret monitor Nahant steam accident. Captain of Hold William M. Dames and Carpenter's Mate John Johnson killed. 31 Jul. 1863.
Brig USS Bainbridge capsized in a storm off Cape Hatteras. Over 90 drowned. 21 Aug. 1863.
Side wheel steamer USS Philadelphia Seaman William Palmer killed in ordnance accident. 30 Aug. 1863.
Side wheel steamer USS Connecticut Quarter Gunner Charles Williams killed in ordnance accident. 29 Sep. 1863.
Ironclad gunboat USS Carondelet Gunner's Mate James Carey killed in ordnance accident. 1 Oct. 1863.
Ironclad monitor USS Patapsco Seaman John Morris and Landsman William Cotter killed in ordnance accident. 2 Nov. 1863.
Ironclad ram USS Choctaw acting Master's Mate Townsend Hopkins killed in ordnance accident. 15 Jan. 1864.
Screw steamer Dragon steam accident. Ship's Corporal Philip Mullane killed. 20 Jan. 1864.
Screw steamer Galatea steam accident. Yeoman Daniel P. Sweeney killed. 18 Mar. 1864.
Screw frigate Wabash steam accident. 2d Class Fireman Patrick Finan killed. 21 Mar. 1864.
Side wheel steamer Chenango boiler explosion fatally scalded 33 sailors. 15 Apr. 1864.
Bark USS Restless Ordinary Seaman Edward Deleman killed in ordnance accident. 6 May. 1864.
Stern wheel steamer USS Nymph Seaman Charles Kalanski killed in ordnance accident. 7 May. 1864.
Ironclad monitor USS Neosho Seaman Timothy Coleman killed in ordnance accident. 11 Jun. 1864.
Side wheel steamer USS Somerset Coal Heaver Robert Cliett killed in ordnance accident. 14 Jun. 1864.
Side wheel gunboat USS Wyalusing Ordinary Seaman George C. Brooks killed in ordnance accident. 16 Jun. 1864.
Screw Steamer USS Anacostia Landsman John J. Burger killed by accidental discharge of musket. 17 Jun. 1864.
Side wheel steamer USS Tyler small boat accident. Carl Bauer, Jacob Cantrell and Jacob Williams drowned. 22 Sep. 1864.
Steam gunboat USS Winona Landsman Thomas Quigley killed in ordnance accident. 9 Oct. 1864.
Screw gunboat USS Pembina Landsman George Moose killed in ordnance accident. 11 Oct. 1864.
Screw gunboat Tulip boiler explosion sank the ship off Maryland, killing 49. 11 Nov. 1864.
Side wheel steamer USS Commodore McDonough, Seaman John Wilson killed from a bursting gun. 2 Dec. 1864.
Screw gunboat USS Little Rebel Seaman Willard Brown killed by accidental discharge of musket. 6 Dec. 1864.
Side wheel gunboat USS Peosta Seaman John Orion killed in ordnance accident. 20 Dec. 1864.
Screw sloop USS Ticonderoga suffers burst 100-pounder. 8 killed. 24 Dec. 1864.
Stern wheel steamer USS Marmora Landsman Daniel Crony killed in ordnance accident. 20 Jan. 1865.
Side wheel steamer USS Tyler Seaman Eli Flood killed in ordnance accident. 20 Jan. 1865.
Side wheel steamer USS Harvest Moon Wardroom Steward John Hazard killed by accidental torpedo mine explosion. 1 Mar. 1865.
Screw gunboat USS Pinola Landsman Michael McLaughlin killed in ordnance accident. 13 Mar. 1865.
Side wheel gunboat USS Cimarron Quartermaster Henry P. Little killed in ordnance accident. 22 Mar. 1865.
Steam tug USS Ida Captain of the Top Christopher H. Howard and Ordinary Seaman John Drion killed by a torpedo mine explosion in Mobile Bay. 13 Apr. 1865.
Ironclad monitor USS Winnebago Landsman Samuel Parent killed in ordnance accident. 25 May. 1865.
Side wheel gunboat USS Quaker City Gunner's Mate Freeman Day killed in ordnance accident. 3 Jun. 1865.
Stern wheel gunboat USS Cincinnati Fireman 1 class Martin McLano killed in ordnance accident. 13 Jun. 1865.
Steam gunboat USS Kansas Seaman Peter Seymour killed in ordnance accident. 12 Jul. 1865.
Bark USS Fredonia destroyed and sidewheel gunboat Wateree driven ashore by tidal waves at Arica, Peru. [Wateree later served as living spaces ashore, then as an inn. Despite more tidal waves in later years, the intact hulk of Wateree, with donkeys tied to it, was spotted on the beach as late as 1879. ]27 killed. 15 Aug. 1868.
Screw Sloop USS Oneida accidently struck by the British P. & O. steamer City of Bombay off Yokohama, Japan, and sank. 125 lost. 24 Jan. 1870.
Sloop of war Portsmouth steam accident. Seaman John Kane killed. 8 Dec. 1875.
Screw steamer USS Huron sank in storm off North Carolina. 98 killed. 24 Nov. 1877.
Gunnery school ship USS Santee Chief Gunner's Mate Henry Lynde killed by burst breech plug from a 20-lb Parrott rifle. 12 Oct. 1886.
Screw sloop USS Ossipee Ships' Tailor John McIntyle killed by premature gun charge explosion. 25 Jun. 1888.
Gunboat USS Nipsic wrecked by a storm at Apia, Samoa. 7 drowned. 16 Mar. 1889.
Screw sloop USS Vandalia wrecked by a storm at Apia, Samoa. 43 drowned. 16 Mar. 1889.
USS Wyoming small boat swamped in collision with USS Ironclad. David Moore drowned, 10 Sep. 1889.
Screw gunboat USS Alliance Boatswain's Mate John McGowan killed by premature gun discharge upon closing breech block. 9 May 1890.
Screw sloop USS Omaha Seaman Carl Emanuelson and John E. Kirk killed after premature discharge of #5 gun. 30 Jul. 1890.
USS Mohican yard arm fell, striking and killing Fireman 1st class John Bernard Finnerty. 10 Mar. 1891.
USS Despatch shore boat run down by navy yard tug. Ordinary Seaman George Wibert drowned. 30 Apr. 1891.
Gunboat USS Concord steam pipe burst. CH Moses Wright and Fireman 2 class Joseph Fletcher killed. 2 Jun. 1891.
USS Chicago steamer being lowered into cradles when hook carried away and killed Harry Oak. 7 Sep. 1891.
USS Vermont boiler explosion severely burned and killed Loyd Gaven James. 17 Oct. 1891.
Protected cruiser USS Boston crewmen caught in black powder explosion at Mare Island Navy Yard. 15 killed. 13 Jun. 1892.
Protected cruiser USS Olympia Coxswain John Johnson killed when 5-inch gun broke loose from gun carriage and fractured his skull. 24 Apr. 1895.
Merchant ship SS Colima wrecked in storm near Manzanillo, Mexico. Coal Passer John W. Crew, Yeoman Gustave Adolph Mewis, Apprentice 1 class John Henry W. Smith and Coxswain Carl Walske drowned. 28 May 1895.
Whale boat capsized and Seaman Alexander Flood drowned. 26 Dec. 1896.
Screw gunboat USS Yantic Coxswain Patrick Murphy killed by premature explosion as he was ramming home gun charge. 8 Mar. 1897.
Gunboat USS Helena Ordinary Seaman Axel Johansson, while serving on prize crew aboard a Spanish ship, accidentally shot and killed when his revolver fell from its holster and discharged. 25 Apr. 1898.
Battleship USS Maine sank in Havana Harbor, Cuba, after the explosion of the forward magazine. 266 killed and 54 injured (sometimes attributed to hostile action. ). 15 Feb. 1898.
Armored cruiser USS New York Seaman Frank Widemark struck and killed by fragment of exploded shell. 12 May 1898.
USS Brooklyn Seaman Karl Johan Anderson killed by exploding shell while unloading contrary to orders. 27 Jul. 1898.
Monitor USS Amphitrite Gun Captain Ernest R. Sherwin fatally injured when pinned between lowered 10-inch gun breech and turret floor plates, crushing his head. 13 Jul. 1899.
Gunboat USS Wheeling Gunners Mate Charles A. Campbell killed when saluting charges accidentally ignite in forward deck gun compartment. 27 Jan. 1900.
USS Dixie landsman James Henry McHefft fell down hatch, fractured his skull, and died. 26 Oct. 1900.
USS Paterson Seaman Johan Alfred Carlson fell from the rigging during heavy seas and drowned. 27 Oct. 1900.
Steam launch from USS Yosemite foundered in the harbor of San Luis d'Apra, Guam in typhoon. Coal Passer Joseph Anderson, Seaman George Aubel, Fireman 1 class William Davis, Apprentice 1 class Jacob L. Mehaffey and Coxswain Frank Swanson drowned. 13 Nov. 1900.
Gunboat USS Yorktown Seaman Rudolph King accidentally shot in head and killed during small arms practice. 18 Jan. 1901.
USS Chicago Apprentice 3d class Louis Gorden slipped on deck and fractured skull. 19 Jan. 1901.
USS Yorktown landsman Rudolph King accidentally killed on target range. 18 Jan. 1901.
Full-rigged training ship USS Monongahela Apprentice James A. Clayville accidentally shot while at target practice on rifle range. 14 Mar. 1901.
USS Alert Apprentice 3d class Joseph John Waldron drowned in sailing party during squall. 9 Jun. 1901.
Auxiliary USS General Alava Gunner's Mate Peter F. Gadina fatally injured by bursting rifle breech during small arms practice. 29 May. 1902.
Screw steamer USS Iris steam accident. Coal Passer William George Winklehaken killed as a result of burns from evaporator explosion. 23 Oct. 1902.
USS Newark steamer sunk and sailor Ernest Leroy Brailey drowned. 30 Dec. 1902.
Battleship No. 2 USS Massachusetts powder explosion in starboard after 8-inch gun turret. 9 killed. 16 Jan. 1903.
Seaman Alexander Newton Dossett died from powder burns at target practice. 22 Jan. 1903.
Protected cruiser USS Boston steam accident during the repair of the safety valve on boiler H. Machinist 2 class Edward Lee Baker died on way to the Naval Hospital, Mare Island CA. 29 Jan. 1903.
Battleship No. 4 USS Iowa left 12-inch gun in forward turret shattered during firing practice. 3 killed. 9 Apr. 1903.
Coxswain Peat Vitus Walter shot and killed during gun practice. 13 Apr. 1903.
Gunners Mate 1st class Edward Gray shot and killed during gun practice. 12 May 1903.
Protected cruiser USS Boston Seaman Arthur J. Kain killed when blank charge accidentally exploded. 18 Feb. 1904. [premature discharge of cartridge in 6" gun]
Battleship No. 11 USS Missouri powder ignition in after 12-inch gun turret suffocated 34 sailors. 13 Apr. 1904.
Torpedo Boat No. 26 USS Biddle steam accident. The bursting of the boiler tube in the fire-room during a full power trial resulted in the death of George Dare Wamer who died on board the USS Franklin the day after the accident. 24 Jun. 1904.
Armored cruiser USS New York Turret Captain William B. Ahearne killed during Morris tube firing practice. 23 Jan. 1905.
USS New York Seaman William Banks Ahearne killed when rifle discharged during drill. 29 Jan. 1905.
USS Concord Gunners Mate 2d class Lee Walter Drake crushed and killed by work bench which was adrift in heavy seas. 11 May 1905.
USS Osceola Seaman Oscar Adam Hahn struck by tow line and killed. 21 May 1905.
USS Colorado sailor Frederick Newman knocked overboard and killed by coal bag. 27 Jun. 1905.
Gunboat USS Bennington explosion in port fire room compartment filled most of the living compartments and deck space with steam and ashes. 65 killed and 40 burned. 21 Jul. 1905.
USS Texas cutter fell on Seaman Frans Kaa Kransen and killed him. 2 Aug. 1905.
Merchant ship SS Valencia wrecked on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Five personnel on leave were drowned: Ordinary Seaman John Finley, Coal Passer Harman Fisher, Ordinary Seaman Clyde William Knight, Ordinary Seaman Charles Uhler and Coal Passer John Sidney Widmer. 23 Jan. 1906.
Armored cruiser USS West Virginia Seaman John Jones accidentally killed during pistol practice. 27 Feb. 1906.
Battleship No. 5 USS Kearsarge powder fire in 8-inch gun turret. 10 killed, four wounded. 13 Apr. 1906.
Battleship No. 15 USS Georgia powder explosion in after superposed 8-inch gun turret. 10 killed. 15 Jul. 1907.
Gunboat No. 8 USS Wilmington Fireman 1 class Philip Hind killed and two other sailors scalded. 29 Jul 1907.
Steamer USS Albatross engine room steam valve blew out killing Fireman 2 class James Collarey. 28 Oct. 1907.
While at Naval Station, Olongapo, Philippines, Chief Gunners Mate Hermann Muller killed when breech plug of 4. 7-inch gun at MacMany Point battery blew out. 29 Nov. 1907.
Armored Cruiser No. 10 USS Tennessee boiler tube blew out. 7 killed. 5 Jun. 1908.
Double turreted monitor USS Nevada boiler tube burst killing Fireman 2c Nicholas Joseph Caulley, Jr. 6 Jul. 1908.
Battleship No. 23 USS Mississippi Seaman Joseph J. Henry caught and killed in elevating gear of 8-inch gun turret. 23 Jul. 1908.
Battleship No. 22 USS Minnesota steam accident while cruising with the Great White Fleet. Fireman 2 class John Henry Clear scalded. He died five days later at the Naval Hospital, Canacao, Phillippines. 9 Nov. 1908.
Battleship No. 24 USS Idaho Seaman John Grezechowiak crushed to death between ammunition tray and shell hoist of 12-inch gun turret. 30 Mar. 1909.
Destroyer No. 7 USS Hull boiler tube blew out killing Fireman 2 class Benjamin Filmore King. 29 Jun. 1909.
Gunboat USS Nashville Gunners Mate Paul E. Parlaman accidentally shot and killed during Morris tube firing practice. 8 Jul. 1909.
Armored cruiser USS Colorado (CA-7) boiler tube blew out killing Ordinary Seaman Leo Michael Lipetzky and Coal Passer Charles Peter McDermott. 9 Sep. 1909.
Destroyer No. 6 USS Hopkins steam accident. Fireman 1 class Robert Earl Taylor killed. 14 Feb. 1910.
Armored cruiser No. 8 USS Maryland steam accident. Fireman 2 class William Amberson died four days later from burns. 2 Apr. 1910.
Iron screw steamer USS Nina, last sighted off the Capes of the Chesapeake in a gale. 33 drowned. 15 Mar. 1910.
Protected cruiser USS Charleston #3 3-inch gun breech block blew out during firing practice. 8 killed. 27 Mar. 1910.
Battleship No. 18 USS Connecticut Gunners Mate George W. Fairey drowned while trying to recover a torpedo in about 80-feet of water. 1 Aug. 1910.
Battleship No. 29 USS North Dakota steam accident caused by ignition of fuel oil settling tank over Boiler #1. Coal Passers Joseph William Schmidt, Joseph Streit and Robert Gilmore died. 8 Sep. 1910.
Submarine USS Grampus (SS-4, later renamed A-3) main engine explosion. Electrician 2 class Herman William Ley from the crew of USS Fortune killed. 10 Dec. 1910.
Battleship No. 27 USS Michigan gas explosion in coal bunker no. 20. Fireman 2 class Benjamin James McCleary severely burned, dying two days later. 19 Dec. 1910.
In 1911, 253 sailors were killed in accidents or died from diseases.
Battleship No. 28 USS Delaware boiler accident. 9 killed. 17 Jan. 1911.
Destroyer USS Stewart Fireman Frank M. Heil accidentally shot during rifle practice. 29 Mar. 1911.
Torpedo Boat No. 34 USS Tingey bursting of boiler tubes. Fireman 1 class Joseph Shearl Myers and Chief Water Tender John Henry Tibbs died. 22 Oct. 1911.
In 1912, 253 sailors were killed in accidents or died from diseases.
Destroyer No. 10 USS Paul Jones steam accident. Fireman 2 class Albert Grau died. 7 Mar. 1912.
Monitor USS Monadnock Seaman William H. Pugh crushed to death between 10-inch gun and turret beam overhead. 20 Apr. 1912.
Battleship No. 29 USS North Dakota boiler explosion resulted in the drowning in New York's East River of Coal Passer Fred Streter Hoyt, who either jumped or fell overboard. 24 Apr. 1912.
Destroyer No. 34 USS Walke port main turbine split wide open. Lieutenant D. P. Morrison, Chief Gunners Mate Elbridge Belknap Crawford, Fireman 1 class Thomas Joseph Delaney, and Machinist Mates 1 class John William Rumpf and Harry Lee Wilder died. 1 Oct. 1912.
Battleship No. 7 USS Illinois ammunition handling accident causes a 13-inch shell to slip through hoist sling, strike the edge of gun deck hatch, and fall into berth deck, killing Ordinary Seaman Harold E. Thompson. 28 Oct. 1912.
Battleship No. 20 USS Vermont steam accident. Coal Passers Michael Vincent Horan and Richard Matthew Wagner killed. 1 Nov. 1912.
Battleship No. 27 USS Michigan powder handling accident catches Gunner's Mate Matthew Devine between two ammunition trays, killing him instantly. 4 Nov. 1912.
During 1913, 252 sailors were killed in accidents or died from disease.
Battleship No. 19 USS Louisiana. Upper nipple of a water column blew out drowning Fireman 3 class George Kosek. 13 Mar. 1913.
Destroyer No. 13 USS Stewart. The bottom of the high pressure cylinder blew out killing Chief Machinist Mate Harry Frank Bock and Oilers Almo Miller and Richard Curtis Smith. 23 May 1913.
Battleship No. 14 USS Nebraska Dynamo room steam valve blew off striking Ordinary Seaman Charles Agena and throwing him ten feet. He died later that night at the Naval Hospital in Chelsea MA. 15 Jul. 1913.
Torpedo Boat Destroyer No. 10 USS Craven boiler explosion. Fireman 1 class Thomas W. Gabbitt and Water Tenders William Oscar Milton, John William McCaffrey and James Charles Dalton killed. 10 Sep. 1913.
Torpedo Boat No. 25 USS Barney boiler tubes blown in #1 fire room. Fireman 1 class Jens K. Petersen killed. 12 Sep. 1913.
Battleship No. 12 USS Ohio smallpox outbreak at Marseilles, France. 29 cases of disease and 5 deaths. Outbreak began in December 1913.
In 1914, 281 sailors died from disease and accidents.
Battleship No. 15 USS Georgia Seaman Albert E. Riker crushed and killed in ammunition hoist. 28 Jan. 1914.
Merchant ship SS Monroe sank in collision with USS Nantucket off Hog Island. Mess Attendant 1 class Jutaro Okomoto traveling on Monroe while on leave was drowned. 14 Jan. 1914.
Destroyer No. 47 USS Aylwin explosion (probably the port drum of #1 boiler) in forward fireroom. Fireman 2 class James H. Eaton, Water Tender Bartholomew Glynn and Fireman 1 class Everett Harmon killed. 6 Apr. 1914.
Gunboat USS Nashville Mess Attendant Nicolas H. Ortiz killed while sleeping on deck when a 4-inch gun slipped off a temporary mount and struck him in the head. 30 May. 1914.
Scout Cruiser No. 3 USS Salem boiler #1 tube blown. Coal Passers Benard Glomseth and Peter J. Patrick killed. 2 Jun. 1914.
Destroyer No. 35 USS Ammen fire in forward fire room. Fireman 2 class James A. Bortell killed. 7 Nov. 1914.
During 1915, 305 sailors died from accidents and disease.
Battleship No. 21 USS Kansas steam accident in engine room. Oiler Robert Conway seriously burned, dying the next day in Philadelphia Naval Hospital. 18 Jan. 1915.
Submarine Tender USS Fulton explosion in firebox of boiler. Fireman 1 class William J. Flaherty killed. 19 Jan. 1915.
Armored Cruiser No. 6 San Diego (formerly California) boiler explosion. Eight Firemen and a Water Tender killed. 21 Jan. 1915.
Submarine USS F-4 sank near Hawaii after battery failure. 21 drowned. 25 Mar. 1915.
Battleship No. 32 USS Wyoming Seaman George W. Sell killed in his hammock when gun shutters accidentally fell on him. 6 May. 1915.
Destroyer No. 5 USS Decatur ammunition explosion kills Chief Gunner's Mate William U. Hayden and Gunner's Mates 3 class Ewell Bell and Loid J. Elkins. 9 Sep 1915.
Destroyer No. 44 USS Cummings. Stud carried away on discharge valve on #4 oil pump. Fireman 1 class George Trugillo killed. 5 Oct. 1915.
Battleship No. 28 USS Delaware explosion in coal bunker. Chief Water Tender Jacob Peter Windness died from burns. 17 Dec. 1915.
In 1916, 335 sailors died in accidents or from disease.
Submarine USS E-2 battery explosion while in New York Navy Yard. 4 killed. 15 Jan 1916.
Battleship No. 28 USS Delaware water evaporator burst. Fireman 1 class Edgar M. Robey severely burned, dying the next day. 19 Feb. 1916.
Protected cruiser USS Boston Coxswain Vernon D. Dunnell, while serving on the Oregon Naval Militia training ship, seriously injured by premature explosion of a six-pound saluting charge. 4 Jul 1916.
Battleship No. 27 USS Michigan Boatswain's Mate 2 class Madison S. Jones crushed to death between rammer and platform in #2 gun turret. 14 Jul 1916.
Armored cruiser No. 10 USS Memphis (ex-USS Tennessee) driven ashore and totally wrecked by tidal wave at Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. 41 killed and 204 injured. 29 Aug. 1916.
Armored Cruiser No. 7 USS Colorado Machinist's Mate 1 class Saul Torgerson burned in engine room accident, dying the next day in San Francisco. 25 Sep. 1916.
Cruiser No. 21 USS Milwaukee grounded and abandoned on Samoa Beach, near Eureka, Calif. No injuries. 13 Jan 1917.
Battleship No. 37 USS Oklahoma Electrician 1 class Henry G. Kennedy, while decapping primer from empty shell cases, killed by a charge accidentally mixed in with the empty cases. 15 Jan 1917.
Explosion at the black powder magazine at Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif., killed Chief Gunner Allan S. MacKenzie. 9 Jul 1917.
Gunner Victor A. Jacob died in a fall at the Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York. 13 Jul. 1917.
Armored cruiser No. 4 USS Pittsburgh Seaman Clay T. Lyles killed by an accidental explosion of a 3-inch saluting gun charge. 23 Jul 1917.
Lt. (j. g. ) Arnold Marcus and six other crewmen died from burns and smoke inhalation following a gasoline explosion in submarine A-7 in Manila Bay, Philippines. 24 Jul. 1917.
Steel schooner USS Elfrida boiler explosion. Fireman 3 class Uluse Edward Kight died two days later at Norfolk Naval Hospital. 25 Aug. 1917.
Merchant ship SS Kansas City in convoy with USS Albany, was lost in a gale. Seaman Joseph Hall A. Muir, assigned as a signalman on Kansas City was drowned. 5 Sep. 1917.
Naval Air Station, Pensacola FL. Engine in motor dory exploded causing the boat to catch fire. To avoid being burned, Apprentice Seaman Andrew Jackson Gash jumped overboard and drowned. 22 Sep. 1917.
Minesweeper USS Seneca boiler accident scalded Seaman 2 class Dennis F. Sheehan who died while being taken ashore. 16 Oct. 1917.
Destroyer No. 3 USS Chauncey sank in collision with British civilian merchant steamer Rose off Gibralter. 21 killed. 19 Nov. 1917.
Motorboat Elizabeth sank in collision with steamship Northland in Norfolk Harbor. 2 killed. 12 Dec. 1917.
Ocean going tug USS Chemung fire room blaze. Machinist trainee Bruce W. Ross, Water Tender Loyd J. Hampton and Chief Water Tender William Williams killed. 12 Dec. 1917.
Troop transport USS Powhaten (Originally the German Hamburg) accident in steering engine. Machinist's Mate 2 class Lambert Frederick Beckman killed by escaping steam. 17 Dec. 1917.
Ensign Philipps W. Page died at Harwich, England, following seaplane accident. 17 Dec. 1917.
Submarine USS F-1 sank off San Diego after collision with USS F-3. 19 drowned. 17 Dec. 1917.
Lt. John A. L. Zenor killed in a fall on cruiser USS Brooklyn. 20 Dec. 1917.
Pandemic of influenza. First outbreak in Navy occurred in January 1918 on USS Minneapolis in Philadelphia Navy Yard, subsequently spreading throughout the Navy, particularly during the outbreak of September/October 1918: 4,907 died and 146,446 sick (influenza, bronchitis and all forms of pneumonia included) 1918. 558 died from influenza in 1919 and 278 in 1920.
In addition to the above deaths from influenza, another 4, 400 sailors died from disease and accidents.
Destroyer No. 64 USS Rowan explosion of Dynamo Turbine Casing #2 Generator killed Carpenter's Mate Willis Martin Goodrow. 13 Jan. 1918.
Battleship No. 13 USS Virginia boiler tube burst burning Fireman 3 class William Francis Conway who died four hours later. 16 Jan. 1918.
During gunnery exercises, a shell fired from battleship USS New York accidentally struck destroyer No. 42 USS Jenkins, killing Seaman 2 class William Lusso. 16 Jan 1918.
Destroyer No. 29 USS Burrows fire room fire killed Water Tenders Charles Edward Bourke and Martin O'Callaghan. 19 Jan. 1918.
Merchant ship SS Baykerran disappeared after sending a distress call. Seaman Franklin Whitfield Ritter, detailed as a signalman, died. 23 Jan. 1918.
Lt. Cmdr. Robert O. Bausch mortally injured in a fall, dying in hospital ship USS Solace. 14 Feb. 1918.
Armored cruiser No. 13 USS Montana Boatswain's Mate 2 class Charles W. Pauly and Seaman 2d Class Roy L. Putnam killed by accidental discharge of a double-loaded gun. 18 Feb 1918.
Tug USS Cherokee foundered off Fenwick Island Lightship in a heavy gale. 30 died. 26 Feb. 1918.
Seaplane accident at Dunkerque, France, killed Ensign Curtis S. Read. 27 Feb. 1918.
Collier USS Cyclops lost at sea without a trace. 306 killed. Last seen at Barbados on 4 March 1918.
The crew of auxiliary cruiser Von Steuben, while returning to Norfolk from Brest, fired upon a piece of flotsam--suspecting it to be a German U-boat. A premature explosion of a shell from #2 5-inch gun killed Mess Attendant 3d Class Ercell W. Martin, Fireman 3 cass Valentine Przybylski, and Seaman 2 class Emmette J. Shields during this action. 5 Mar 1918.
LT. Earle W. F. Childs, USN, died while serving with the British Royal Navy on the submarine H5, which was mistaken for a U-boat and rammed. 7 Mar. 1918.
LT. Lewis S. Jordan killed in an accident in tug USS Undaunted. 14 Mar. 1918.
Battleship No. 8 USS Alabama boiler accident scalded Fireman 3 class Robert Florance McCarthy who died two hours later on USS Solace. To avoid being scalded, Fireman 1 class Henry Leonhardt Schmidt jumped overboard and drowned. 15 Mar. 1918.
Destroyer No. 74 USS Manley, while escorting a convoy off Queenstown, Ireland, collided with HMS Montagua resulting in accidental detonation of depth charges. 34 killed. 19 Mar. 1918.
Seaplane accident at Pensacola, Fla., drowned Ensigns Michael J. Delehanty and Thomas W. M. Draper. 26 Mar. 1918.
Seaplane accident at Moutchic, France, killed Ensigns Leslie M. McNaughton and Lloyd A. Perry. 12 Apr. 1918.
While anchored in Quiberon Bay, France, a cargo of ammunition loaded on merchant ship SS Florence H accidentally exploded, killing 17 members of the Armed Guard detachment. 17 Apr 1918.
Steamer USS Rappahannock Seaman 2 Class William Lewis killed by shrapnel after accidental discharge of forward gun. 29 Apr 1918.
Naval Reserve officer Spencer T. Alden killed in a seaplane collision at Bay Shore, Long Island. 4 May 1918.
Battleship No. 36 USS Nevada Seaman Thomas G. Canter crushed to death in the shell handling room of turret #4 when his head was caught between turret track and powder compartment. 6 May 1918.
Airplane accident at Norfolk, Va., killed Ensign Charles C. Crailer. 17 May. 1918.
USS Housatonic Fireman 2d Class Roy Herbert Jolley crushed to death between rudder arc and top of mine tunnel. 27 May 1918.
Seaplane accident at Miami, Fla., killed Ensign George B. Evans, Jr. 31 May. 1918.
During routine gunnery practice, Battleship No. 19 USS Louisiana fireman 3 class Moses L. Morgan was killed when a shell from Battleship No. 25 New Hampshire pierced port side of Louisiana. 1 Jun 1918.
Gunboat USS Schurz rammed and sunk by merchant ship Florida while sailing from
New York to Key West. 1 killed, 12 injured. 21 Jun 1918.
Seaplane accident at Moutchic, France, mortally injured Ensign Waldeman Crosscup. 7 Jul. 1918.
Ensign Junius F. Andrews burned to death at Naval Air Station, Chatham, Mass. 13 July 1918.
Fuel Ship No. 14 USS Maumee steam exhaust burned Fireman 3 class William Conrad Steinhilber who died 11 days later at Chelsea MA Naval Hospital. 18 Jul. 1918.
Lt. (j. g. ) Arthur F. Souther killed in an airplane accident at East Greenwich, R. I. 19 Jul. 1918.
Lt. Frederick C. Leary died of burns suffered in a fire in cargo ship USS Charlton Hall. 20 Jul. 1918.
Transport Nopatin #6 boiler explosion killed Firemen 2 class Roger Hackett and Thomas Willis Benham. Lt. (j. g. ) Frank F. Foss died of injuries the following day. 5 Aug. 1918.
Ensign Charles E. Reed died following an accident while in a kite balloon towed by HMS Springbok. 14 Aug. 1918.
Seaplane accident at Brest, France, killed Ensigns Arthur L. Boorse and Robert F. Clark. 17 Aug. 1918.
Seaplane accident in Italy, killed Ensigns Alen F. Nichols and Hugh Terres. 17 Aug. 1918.
Transport USS Orizaba suffered accidental explosion of 50-lb depth charge, killing Lt. Cdr. William P. Williamson instantly. Seaman 2 class Arthur K. Baird, Oiler Samuel T. Lambert, and Baker 2 class Frank Joseph Mayer died later from injuries. 17 Aug. 1918.
Seaplane accident at Dunkerque, France, killed Ensign Thomas N. McKinnon. 20 Aug. 1918.
Motor patrol boat USS Montauk foundered and sunk off Florida. 7 drowned. 21 Aug. 1918.
Accidental explosion of a bomb on a seaplane killed Ensign Edmund B. Barry. 22 Aug. 1918.
Seaplane accident in France killed Ensign Delozier Davidson. 22 Aug. 1918.
Troopship USS Agamemnon (former Kaiser Wilhelm II) coal bunker #16 explosion killed Fireman 3 class Delos Leroy Peay. 24 Aug. 1918.
Seaplane accident south of Fire Island Lightship killed Ensign Donald C. Pero. 24 Aug. 1918.
Ensign William G. Sprague killed in a seaplane accident at Iletudy, Italy. 26 Aug. 1918.
Submarine chaser SC 209 was mistaken for an enemy submarine by Coast Guard-crewed USS Felix Taussig and sunk by gunfire. 18 killed. 27 Aug. 1918.
During routine gunnery practice, Battleship No. 40 New Mexico Seaman Alfred Austin Byxbee was crushed to death between #1 14-inch turret and the shell stowage area within the turret structure. 4 Sep. 1918.
Transport USS Finland steam accident killed Seaman 2 class Walter Wernham. 9 Sep. 1918.
Seaplane accident at Five Fathom Lightship off Cape May, N. J., killed Ensign Harry G. Catchpole. 14 Sep. 1918.
Airplane accident at St. Inglevert, France, killed Ensigns Philip B. Frothingham and Clyde N. Palmer. 14 Sep. 1918.
Airplane accident at Pensacola, Fla., mortally injured Ensign Louis J. Bergen. 15 Sep. 1918.
Gunner Thomas L. Murphy died in hospital in Ravenna after a seaplane accident at Porto Corsini, Italy. 15 Sep. 1918.
Airplane accident at Pensacola, Fla., killed Ensign Joy C. Bournique. 24 Sep. 1918.
Seaplane accident at Pensacola, Fla., killed Ensign Thomas C. McCarthy. 25 Sep. 1918.
Carpenter William V. Tynan killed in a fall on cruiser USS Louisville. 27 Sep. 1918.
Destroyer No. 119 USS Lamberton steam hose burst in the fireroom injuring Fireman 1 class William Thomas Batstone who died 11 Oct. 1918 at the Naval Hospital, New York NY. 29 Sep. 1918.
Submarine chaser SC 60 sank after collision with tanker F. W. Weller. Machinist's Mate 2 class Walter Herman Kluth and Seaman 2 class Martin Austin Wilson killed. 1 Oct. 1918.
Merchant ship SS Lake City sank off American Shoals light after collision with SS James McGee. Electrician 3 class John Terry Mathers killed. 3 Oct. 1918.
Collier USS Herman Frasch sank after a collision with tanker USS George D. Henry. 24 sailors drowned. 4 Oct. 1918.
Iron-hulled, twin-screw coastal defense monitor USS Amphitrite steam accident burned Fireman 2 class Albert Francis Moran who died in Methodist Episcopal Hospital, Brooklyn NY on 5 Nov. 1918. 3 Oct. 1918.
Seaplane accident at Pensacola, Fla., mortally injured Ensign Carl O. Peterson. 4 Oct. 1918.
Service collier USS Herman Frasch sank off Nova Scotia after collision with tanker USS George G. Henry. 25 killed. 4 Oct. 1918.
Destroyer No. 68 USS Shaw collided with HMS Acquitania while zig-zagging in convoy. 12 killed. 9 Oct. 1918.
Ensign Russell D. Tibbitts died in seaplane loss off Fenwick Sound Light Ship. 11 Oct. 1918.
Lt. (j. g. ) Charles M. Tyson lost in crash of seaplane off Immingham. 11 Oct. 1918.
Airplane accident at Iletudy, Italy, killed Ensign Edwin S. Pou. 28 Oct. 1918.
Troop transport USS Louisville steam accident killed Lieutenant Alexander W. Walls, Fireman 2 class Harry Leon Mercer and Fireman 1 class Paul Turner. 14 Nov. 1918.
Motorboat USS Elizabeth wrecked on jetty near Velasco TX. Seaman Mack McKinley Shockley and Ship's Cook 2 class Tony Baynes drowned. 15 Nov. 1918.
Ensign Fred Edward Ries, while dismantling nose fuse of anti-aircraft shell at Naval Air Squadron #1, Calais, France, fatally injured by accidental explosion. 16 Nov. 1918.
Battleship No. 4 USS Iowa steam accident scalded to death Engineman 2 class James Clarence Elliott. 28 Nov. 1918.
Gunboat USS Dubuque Shipwright Joseph Dennis Clain accidentally shot while working on a target range. 7 Dec. 1918.
Armored Cruiser No. 3 USS Brooklyn coal dust explosion killed 9 Firemen and a Chief Water Tender. 9 Dec. 1918.
Armored cruiser No. 3 USS Brooklyn coal dust explosion. 6 killed, 30 injured. 9 Dec. 1918.
Battleship No. 19 USS Louisiana steam accident burned Engineman 2 class Harry Adrian Pecotte who died 12 Jan. 1919 in the Naval Hospital at Norfolk VA. 13 Dec. 1918.
During 1919, 1,762 sailors died from disease or accident.
While unscrewing fuse of an Austrian shell, Chief Gunner's Mate Charles Henry Bast of destroyer No. 82 USS Gregory was fatally injured when the shell exploded. 6 Jan. 1919.
Gunner's Mate 3 class Frederick Joseph Kemp killed by accidental discharge of a pistol at the Naval Training Camp, Pelham Bay, New York. 9 Jan 1919.
Gunboat No. 19 USS Sacramento steam launch accident resulted in the drowning of Fireman 1 class Frank Elmer Wright in the Mississippi River at New Orleans. 24 Jan. 1919.
Destroyer No. 55 USS Cushing steam accident seriously burnt Boilermaker 1 class Thomas Francis Flannery who died the following day in the Naval Hospital at New York NY. 6 Feb. 1919.
Subchaser #205 gasoline explosion in the engine room killed Chief Machinist Mate Clarence Gabriel Cloffer and Machinist Mates 2 class William Hughes and Daniel B. Inman. 5 Apr. 1919.
Collier USS Beukeldijk explosion of the inboard high furnace of #3 boiler killed Ships Cook 4 class John Pender, Jr. and Seaman William C. Hollenback. 11 Apr. 1919.
Subchaser 297 gasoline explosion burned Gunners Mate 2 class Edward John Gaynor who died 14 days later, and Machinists Mate 1 class Joseph P. Chadderon who died two days later. 14 Apr. 1919.
Minesweeper USS Freehold sank after being struck by the propeller of ocean liner HMS Saxonia at Pier 54 in New York harbor. Chief Machinist Mate Lawrence Lenehan drowned. 17 Apr. 1919.
Sea-going tug USS Gypsum Queen sank after striking a rock off Brest, France. 16 killed. 28 Apr. 1919.
Subchaser 343 explosion caused fire and subsequent sinking of vessel. The body of Machinist Mate 2 class Sanford Rue Blakely was not recovered. 5 May 1919.
Destroyer No. 73 USS Stockton #2 turbo-generator steam belt exploded while it was being connected. Flying fragments killed Chief Machinist Mate Harry James Welch. 7 May 1919.
Receiving ship at New York, NY, boiler explosion burned Chief Water Tender Anton Sadar who nine days later died at the Naval Hospital in New York, NY. 11 May 1919.
Cruiser No. 3 USS Baltimore steam accident burned Machinist's Mate 2 class John Henry Stich who died three days later in the Naval Hospital at Norfolk VA. 25 May 1919.
Battleship No. 37 USS Oklahoma Seaman 2 class James Oliver Charles fatally injured when a 14-inch shell fell on him, crushing him to the deck. 16 Jun. 1919.
Minesweeper USS Richard Bulkeley sank during minesweeping operations in the North Sea when sweeping gear caught a mine which then exploded. Commander Frank R. King, Engineman 1 class Floyd Harman, Seaman John V. Mallon, Seaman 2 class Homer Perdue, Ship's Cook 1 class Antino Perfidio, Fireman 2 class George P. Rezab and Fireman 1 class George M. Sowers drowned. 12 Jul. 1919.
Destroyer Tender USS Melville lower tube blew out of #2 boiler killing Firemen 1 class Claude Turner, John Joseph O'Grady, Douglass Mathew Chambliss, Floyd Grisham and Engineman 1 class Joe Alowish Burt. 24 Jul. 1919.
Minesweeper USS Curlew Seaman Robert Israel Simpson blown overboard and drowned in the North Sea after a sweep exploded a nearby mine. 28 Jul. 1919.
Submarine USS G-2 sank at moorings off New London CT. 3 killed. 30 Jul. 1919.
Destroyer USS J. Fred Talbott Seaman Neils Christian Hansen, on a sight-seeing tour of the Montfaucon battlefield near Verdun, was killed by accidental explosion of a grenade found in the area. 9 Aug. 1919.
Battleship No. 34 USS New York Apprentice Seaman Paul Erwin Smith crushed to death between iron drag ladder and distribution room hatch inside #3 turret. 17 Aug. 1919.
Minesweeper USS Auk Boatswain's Mate 1 class Lee Afton Singleton knocked overboard and drowned after kite wire jumped out of retaining chock. 31 Aug. 1919.
During 1920, 1,000 sailors died from disease and accidents.
Gunner's Mate 3 class Roy Edward Ingle drowned after an oxygen-tank valve closed while he was trying to retrieve a torpedo in 80-feet of water. 21 Jan. 1920.
Submarine USS H-1 went aground off Santa Margarita Island, Calif. 4 drowned. 12 Mar. 1920.
Patrol vessel USSEagle while making passage up Delaware River was struck by a squall and capsized. 9 killed. 11 Jun. 1920.
Submarine USS S-5 flooded and sank off Delaware Capes. Entire crew saved. 1 Sep. 1920.
Battleship USS Mississippi (BB-23) Seaman Hubert M. Crowder severely injured when skull caught between bulkhead and powder car while inside #2 turret. 14 Oct. 1920.
Tug USS Asher J. Hudson (YT-37) sank alongside dock at the naval station at New Orleans. Boatswain's Mate 1 class Emil Hjalmar Olsson. drowned. 28 Oct. 1920.
During 1921, 382 sailors died from disease (mainly Tuberculosis and Pneumonia), 269 to injury, 39 killed in airplane accidents, and 20 to poisoning.
Ocean-going tug USS Conestoga (AT-54) disappeared after leaving Mare Island, CA, on 25 Mar. 1921, bound for Samoa. 56 dead.
Chief Gunner's Mate Rudolph Hersey Wiggin, while working at the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island, was killed in a freak accident when a loose wing nut was blown out of the compressed air charging valve bushing of a Mark VIII torpedo. 13 Jun. 1921.
Seaman 2 class Henry A. Gaddis severely burned during a fire in the ordnance oil locker inside submarine tender USS Rainbow (AS-7) and died of these injuries 13 days later. 13 Jul. 1921.
In 1922, 202 sailors died from disease (mainly Pneumonia and Tuberculosis), 73 from drowning, 62 killed in aviation accidents, 20 from poisoning, and 8 from other injury.
While acting as bowman on a motorboat during torpedo firing practice in San Pedro Bay, Calif., Seaman 2 class Johnie Burns Robinson was knocked overboard and drowned after the motorboat accidently hit by a practice torpedo. 4 Feb. 1922.
Battleship North Dakota (BB-29) Seaman 2 class John Richard Wheatley struck in the head and killed when a 12-inch shell fell off loading tray inside #1 turret. 21 Feb. 1923.
Destroyers from Squadron 11 ran aground at Point Honda, CA: USS Delphy (DD-261), USS Young (DD-312), USS S. P. Lee (DD-310), USS Woodbury (DD-309), USS Nicholas (DD-311), USS Chauncy (DD-296) and USS Fuller (DD-297). 23 killed, at least 15 seriously injured. 8 Sep. 1923.
USS S-37 (SS-142) battery explosion in harbor at San Pedro CA. 3 killed. 10 Oct. 1923.
USS Tacoma (C-18) ran aground near Vera Cruz Mexico during a storm. During attempts to free her during the subsequent week Captain Herbert G. Sparrow, Radioman 2 class Edward Thaxter Herrick, Radioman 1 class Homer Harry Lussier and Radioman 3 class Solomon Sivin drowned. 16 Jan. 1924.
USS Maryland (BB-46) Seaman 2 class Ralph E. Shenk killed inside #3 turret when a 16-inch shell tipped over and crushed him. 9 May 1924.
USS Mississippi (BB-41) cordite fire in the #2 14-inch gun turret. 48 killed. 12 Jun. 1924.
USS Trenton (CL-11) powder bag explosion in forward twin 6-inch gun turret. 14 killed. 20 Oct. 1924.
During 1925, 213 sailors died from disease, 77 from drowning, 31 in aviation accidents, 132 from injury, and 3 poisonings.
Lt. Cdr. Oliver Walton Bagby struck in the chest and killed by 12-inch shell splinters during fragmentation experiments at the Naval Proving Ground, Dahlgren, Virginia. 10 Mar. 1925.
USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Seaman 2 class Peter Joseph Carini killed inside #1 turret when 14-inch gun hydraulic recoil system failed, crushing him between gun breech and shell loading platform. 26 Aug. 1925.
Rigid airship USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) crashed in storm near Marietta OH. 14 killed, 2 injured. 3 Sep. 1925.
USS S-51 (SS-162) sank off Block Island, N. Y. after collision with SS City of Rome. 33 drowned. 25 Sept. 1925.
During 1926, 20 sailors died from disease, 22 killed in flight accidents, 48 died from injury or drowning, and 3 from poisoning.
USS Farragut (DD-300) Seaman 1 class Otis Lloyd Bogar and Chief Boatswain's Mate Joseph Becker killed after premature explosion of 4-inch shell. Seven others wounded. 27 Jan. 1926.
USS S-49 (SS-160) battery explosion at New London, CT. 4 killed, nine injured. 20 Apr. 1926.
Fire and explosions resulting from lightning strikes during an electrical storm resulted in an ordnance disaster at the Naval Ammunition Depot, Dover [Lake Denmark], New Jersey, killed Lt. Comdr. Edward Allen Brown, Lt. Herman Conrad Schrader, Chief Gunner Joseph Mathias Gately, and Pharmacist's Mate Harry Christian Brown. Twelve marines, an Army officer, and two civilians were also killed, and 39 others injured. 10-16 Jul. 1926.
USS Trenton (CL-11) Seaman 1 class Eldon Wayne Cupp killed by accidental explosion of a primer charge during night battle practice. 22 Oct. 1926.
In 1927, there were 31 sailors and marines killed in flight accidents, 102 killed by naval and military hazards.
USS New Mexico (BB-40) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1 class James Merron accidentally shot and killed upon discharge of seaplane machine gun. 20 Sep. 1927.
During 1928, 239 sailors and marines died from disease, 97 in accidents, and 8 from poisoning.
USS S-4 (SS-109) sank after being rammed by Coast Guard cutter Paulding. 39 killed. 17 Dec. 1928.
In 1929, 196 sailors died from disease (many from cerebrospinal meningitis), 26 from flight accidents, 44 from naval and military hazards, and 14 from poisonings.
In 1930, 166 sailors died from diseases, 28 sailors killed in flight accidents, 32 from naval and military hazards, and 11 poisonings.
Chief Boatswain's Mate Eugene Leonard Danley killed, and 11 enlisted wounded, following accidental discharge of a machine gun on wing of VS-7 seaplane moored to stern of USS Concord (CL-10). 25 Feb. 1930.
USS Idaho (BB-42) Seaman 1 class Russell Lee Findlay crushed to death between gun recoil cylinder and girder during gun elevation. 10 Sep. 1930.
USS New Mexico (BB-40) Seaman 1 class Michael Andrey fatally injured when a 60-lb powder bag was thrown against him by the shell rammer. 19 Nov. 1930.
In 1931, 216 sailors died in accidents 81 in motor vehicles and 23 in flight accidents.
During target practice aboard USS Trevor, Seaman 2 class Orville Wray Terry fatally injured when struck in the head by a rotating shell in an ammunition hoist. 10 Jan. 1931.
An earthquake in Managua, Nicaragua kills 2 marines and injures 9 others. 31 Mar. 1931.
Three sailors drowned in an unidentified boating accident. 16 May 1931.
During anti-aircraft firing practice aboard USS Colorado (BB-45), a 5-inch shell exploded prematurely, killing Lt. Ralph Friend Bradford, Seaman 1 class Maurice Gilbert Hawkins, and Seamen 2 class Louis Albert Clark, John Joseph Schnur, and Clarence Eugene Swift. 27 other sailors wounded. 5 Nov. 1931.
USS Maryland (BB-46) Seaman 1 class John Jewell Plummer crushed beneath gun during turret laying drill. Died the following day on board hospital ship USS Relief (AH-1). 5 Nov. 1931.
In 1932, 185 sailors died in accidents 70 in motor vehicles, 23 in flight accidents.
VT-2B Chief Aviation Pilots Clarence Marvin Carter killed, and Robert T. Thompson injured, in crash of Great Lakes TG-1 land plane at San Ysidro, Calif. 11 Jan. 1932.
Ensign Malcolm Dulaney drowned following crash near Naval Air Station, San Diego. 20 Jan. 1932.
Ensign Philip Edward Parks drowned following airplane collision at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 4 Feb. 1932.
Aviation Machinist's Mate 2 class Ira Ovel Wilson died of injuries after walking into propeller of Boeing F3B carrier fighter on flight deck of USS Langley (CV-1). 7 Apr. 1932.
Seaman 1 class Joseph Earl Green drowned after parachuting into sea following accident to Curtiss O2C Helldiver near Oakland, Calif. 10 Apr. 1932.
Lt. Comdr. Harry Gean Black killed in airplane crash at Lufkin, Texas. 19 Apr. 1932.
Aviation Carpenter's Mate 3 class Robert Harold Edsall and Apprentice Seaman Nigel Merton Henton both fell 150-300 feet to their deaths after being carried aloft by toggle lines of rigid airship USS Akron (ZRS-4) during a mooring attempt at the Lighter-than-Air Field, Camp Kearny, Calif. 11 May 1932.
Aviation Pilot 1 class Arthur Thomas Mead and Donald Theodore Surber killed in crash of Great Lakes TG-2 land plane in Coronado Roads, Calif. 25 May 1932.
Lt. Comdr. Herbert Charles Rodd killed, and Aviation Pilot 1 class Hurl Orman Sell fatally injured (dying the next day), in crash of Vought O2U Corsair seaplane at Hampton Roads, Va. 15 Jun. 1932.
Aviation Machinist's Mate 1 class Henry John Allen and Photographer 1 class Eugene Anthony Auger both killed in surface collision between their Martin PM-2 two-engined seaplane and the US Coast Guard Cutter Tamaroa off San Diego. 28 Jul. 1932.
Lt. (jg) Dick Rinaldo Downer and Aviation Pilot 1 class John Francis Hogan drowned following crash of Martin PM-2 seaplane off Del Mar, Calif. 29 Jul. 1932.
Ensign Melvin Edward Greaney died of injuries following plane crash at Alamo, Calif. 29 Aug. 1932.
Seaman 1 class Charles Bugonian, Aviation Ordnanceman 1 class Daniel Roy Glaze, Chief Radioman Walter Franklin Manthorne, and Aviation Pilot 1 class John Henry Schnitzlein killed when their P2D crashed in the mouth of the Folks River, Coco Solo, Canal Zone. 1 Sep. 1932.
Aviation Machinist's Mate 1 class Reynold Leroy MacMillan struck in the head and killed by moving propeller of VTB-3B plane while on deck of USS Langley (CV-1). 14 Dec. 1932.
In 1933, 76 sailors died in motor vehicle accidents and 31 by drowning.
Lt. Edwin Francis Conway died of "fractures, multiple, extreme" sustained in airplane crash at Lido Beach, Hempstead, New York. 17 Jan. 1933.
Aviation Pilot 1 class Charles Edward Walwork killed, and Lt. (jg) Frank M. Nichols injured, in crash of O2U-4 seaplane in 40 fathoms of water off Makapuu Point, Oahu, Hawaii. 2 Feb. 1933.
Electrician's Mate 3 class John Clifford Johnson died of head injuries after being struck by a 50-lb tool which fell 30-feet to the deck of USS New York (BB-34). 22 Mar. 1933.
Rigid airship USS Akron (ZRS-4) crashed in a storm off New Jersey. 73 killed, 3 injured. 4 Apr. 1933.
Blimp J-3 crashed while searching for survivors of USS Akron, fatally injuring Lt. Comdr. David Ervin Cummins and Aviation Chief Metalsmith Pasquale Bettio. 4 Apr. 1933.
Aviation Metalsmith 1 class Thomas Allen Daniels killed, and Chief Aviation Pilot Garland L. Williams injured, by accidental explosion of a projectile at the Naval Proving Ground, Dahlgren, Virginia. 9 May 1933.
Lt. Jack C. Richardson and Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate Frank Clarence Glazener died when SU-1 plane struck two high tension wires and crashed near Oceanside, Calif. 8 Jun. 1933.
Ensign Mack E. Vorhees and Seaman 2 class Joseph Arthur Sheridan died of injuries after their SU-2 plane crashed near Descanso, Calif. 22 Jun. 1933.
While operating out of the Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Va., an O2C-2 land plane caught fire and crashed following a gas line rupture, killing Aviation Machinist's Mate 1 class Edward Martin McHugh. 14 Jul. 1933.
After his patrol plane hit a violent down draft of air while flying off Pearl Harbor, Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate Stanley John Jaros was thrown from his seat into the left propeller, killing him instantly. 14 Jul. 1933.
Structural failure in the tail assembly resulted in the crash of a Douglas PD-1 flying boat off Pearl Harbor, killing 2 officers and 3 enlisted men. 9 Aug. 1933.
SU-1 from VS-2B on board USS Saratoga (CV-3) crashed during flight operations, killing Ensign Cleon H. Felton. 31 Oct. 1933.
Lt. Charles D. Hart lost his life following crash of F4B4 from VF-3B on board USS Langley (CV-1) while flying near San Diego, Calif. 3 Nov. 1933.
Following the crash of a plane into the #4 barrier on flight deck of USS Saratoga (CV-3), the power wire of the barrier carried away, striking and killing Seaman 2 class George Benage Mitchell. 16 Nov. 1933.
F11C-2 from VF-1B on board USS Saratoga (CV-3) crashed three miles west of La Jolla, Calif., killing Lt. (jg) William S. Arthur. 12 Dec. 1933.
In 1934, 299 sailors died accidentally 50 in motor vehicles, 28 by drowning.
USS S-34 Gunner's Mate 2 class Charles Henry Stewart died of wounds after a signal cartridge accidentally exploded in his hands. 11 Jan. 1934.
Test pilots Lt. William P. Davis and Aviation Machinist's Mate 2 class Matt David Marshall killed when their XJF-1 crashed in the James River off Newport News, Va. 5 Mar. 1934.
USS Fulton (PG-49) engine room fire while patrolling off south China coast damaged ship beyond repair. 3 injured. 14 Mar. 1934.
Lt. (jg) Frank E. Highley died in collision between two F3R-1 planes near Ensley, Fla. 26 Apr. 1934.
Ensign Otto Wieselmayer and Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate Marcus Stovel Rice killed when their VP-3F patrol plane crashed into Panama Bay. 23 May 1934.
Ensign James Hiram Kelsey Jr. died after his SF-1 plane from USS Lexington (CV-2) crashed into the water 37 miles east of Cape Henry Lighthouse. 13 Aug. 1934.
Lt. (jg) John S. Graff killed when his SU-1 from VS-2B crashed into the sea. 22 Aug. 1934.
Radioman 1 class Newton Jenner Underwood died of injuries following crash of plane near Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 3 Oct. 1934.
Lt. (jg) Robert M. Patten and Radioman 2 class James Edwin Witzman killed when SF-1 from VS-3B on USS Lexington (CV-2) crashed into the sea off Balboa, Canal Zone. 30 Oct. 1934.
In 1935, 320 sailors died in accidents 43 in motor vehicles, 33 by drowning.
Lt. (jg) Robert C. Haven fatally injured when BF2C-1 from VB-5B flying out of the Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Va., crashed during night flight training. 29 Jan. 1935.
Lt. (jg)s John Grafton Burgess and Oscar Willis Pate killed when FF-1 plane crashed and burned near Millsap, Tex. 2 Feb. 1935.
Rigid airship USS Macon (ZRS-5) crashed in a storm off California. Radioman 1 class Ernest Edwin Dailey and Mess Attendant 1 class Florentino Edquiba killed. 12 Feb. 1935.
Lt. (jg) Carl A. R. Lindgren and Radioman 2 class Arthur Austin Freeman died when SU-2 from VS-2B crashed into the sea 10 miles west of La Jolla, Calif. 19 Feb. 1935.
Lt. (jg) Edwin C. Kelly and Aviation Machinist's Mate 1 class Raymond Carrillo lost their lives when BM-2 from USS Lexington (CV-2) crashed during night bombing practice off La Jolla, Calif. 27 Mar. 1935.
Lt. (jg) Mathis Beally Wyatt died when plane crashed into the sea and sank just after take off from USS Saratoga (CV-3). 11 May 1935.
PM-1 Seaplane from VP-6F crashed off Midway Island, killing entire crew of 2 officers and 4 enlisted men. 21 May 1935.
In 1936, 367 sailors died in accidents 56 in motor vehicles, 41 by drowning.
SBU-1 dive bomber engine fire kills pilot Lt. Oliver E. White Radioman 2 class James W. LeCompte parachute's to safety. 17 March 1936.
O2U plane, while engaged in chasing torpedos during submarine practice, crashed into water off Barber's Point, Oahu. Lt (jg). William R. McCuddy and Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate Jack C. Wilson both killed. 1 May 1936.
During a tactical exercise, Reserve pilot Ens. Hugh N. Boadwee from VB-2B was killed when plane crashed into the sea off Mexico. 4 May 1936.
Lt (jg). Harold P. Richards killed when JF-1 amphibian struck Gamboa Bridge, Canal Zone, and quickly sank. 14 May 1936.
JF-3 amphibian crashed near Oakland, Calif., shortly after takeoff, killing Lt (jg). Francis B. Waterman and Radioman 3 class James E. Pinkerton. 9 June 1936.
Engine failure of an SBU-1, and ensuing crash into Anacostia river, Washington, DC, drowns Aviation Machinit's Mate 3 class Edward L. Gosney and Aviation Machinist's Mate 1 class Jack Ware. 10 June 1936.
During dive bombing practice, SOC-1 from Memphis (CL-13) crashed into the sea near Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Lt. Robert W. Larson and Aviation Machinist's Mate Sidney L. Harris both killed. 11 June 1936.
Seaman 1 class Sam H. Gladstone, while in the gunner position of aircraft, was thrown from plane--along with his seat--as pilot maneuvered to avoid a bird. Later inspection showed retaining bolts on his seat had failed. 25 July 1936.
USS Marblehead (CL-12) Boatswain's Mate 2 class Percy Wiley Cofer, Seaman 1 class Robert William Opie, and Seaman 2 class Leo Steven Moranda fatally injured following accidental explosion of gun number six. 28 Jul. 1936.
Seaman 1 class John Edward Uniak died at the Naval Air Station, San Diego, after being shot in the chest when a jammed machine gun accidentally discharged. 2 Oct. 1936.
During dive bombing practice at Border Field, San Diego, the left wings of an F3F1 tore off at 1,500 feet and the aircraft plunged into the ground, killing Lt (jg). Milton G. Stephens. 30 Oct. 1936.
While approaching Ranger (CV-4), Aviation Cadet William H. Jones accidentally flew an F3F-1 into the foremast of plane guard destroyer. Plane and body sank in 4,600 feet of water. 10 Nov. 1936.
In 1937, 378 sailors died in accidents 67 in motor vehicles, 43 by drowning.
A 5-inch gun mount explosion on USS Wyoming (BB-32) kills 6 marines and wounds 11 others. 18 Feb. 1937.
Two SBU-1 planes collided and crashed into the Pacific during flight operations, killing Lt (jg). Ludwell R. Pickett, Lt (jg). Joseph J. Loughlin, Aviation Machinist's Mate 1 class John J. Carney and Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate Harry M. Bradley. 6 April 1937.
Apprentice Seaman Wayne Alvin Rasey killed while cleaning a rifle at the Naval Training Station, Newport, RI. 11 Aug. 1937.
An engine room accident in USS Cassin (DD-372) kills one sailor and injures 6 others. 16 Aug. 1937.
Aviation Machinist's Mate 2 class William Heotis killed when his plane became tangled on target tow sleeve of another plane and crashed into the sea. Pilot parachuted to safety. 23 Aug. 1937.
After being relieved of watch in PK-1 seaplane moored at French Frigate Shoals, Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate Boyd W. Orrell slept in aft-compartment with canvas cover pulled over station to keep the rain out. Gasoline fumes, from fuel spilled in bilges, asphyxiated Orrell later that evening. 31 Oct. 1937.
Aviation Machinist's Mate 3 class Donald A. Robinson killed when struck by propeller of a plane that crashed on flight deck of Yorktown (CV-5). 14 Dec. 1937.
PBY-1 patrol plane crashed during routine flight off Point Loma, Calif., 2 officers and 5 enlisted men killed. 6 Jan. 1938.
Two PBY-2 seaplanes collided and crashed off southern California, killing 3 officers and 8 enlisted men. 2 Feb. 1938.
32 sailors were killed in flight accidents during 1939.
USS Squalus (SS-192) sank off Portsmouth NH during a test dive. 26 drowned. 23 May 1939.
USS Louisville (CA-28) Gunner's Mate 1 class Rollie Jackson Belcher killed while decapping a saluting charge. 5 Jul. 1939.
40 sailors killed in flight accidents during 1940.
USS New York (BB-34) Seaman 2 class James Orville Epperson accidentally struck by loading tray inside #2 turret and fell into gun pit, he was then crushed by a 14-inch shell that fell in immediately afterwards. 31 Jan. 1940.
PBY-5 aircraft, while enroute from San Diego to Pensacola, encountered severe weather over Texas and 5-members of crew forced to bail out. One parachute failed and Aviation Machinist's Mate 2 class William F. Percich fell to his death. 2 Jan. 1941.
Twin-engine transport plane R2D-1, which had rescued four crewmen who had bailed out of PBY on 2 Jan., crashed and burned while trying to land at San Diego. Four officers and three enlisted men of the R2D-1 and the four PBY crew all died in the crash. 4 Jan. 1941.
110 sailors killed in flight accidents during the rest of 1941.
USS California (BB-44) Seaman 2 class Norris Rabelee Wilson died of injuries suffered on the shell deck of #4 turret when he was caught between rotating part of turret and a secured service shell. 18 Jun. 1941.
USS O-9 (SS-70) lost during deep submergence test off New London, CT. 33 drowned. 19 Jun. 1941.
Submarine chaser USS PC-457 sank after colliding with the merchant ship SS Norluna north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Fireman 2 class Francis Carl McKenna, USNR and Seaman 1 class Howard Dorsey Osborn, USNR, killed. 14 Aug. 1941.
Between 7 Dec. 1941 and 29 Dec. 1946, 1,469 enlisted men were killed in air combat, 460 were killed in action on the ground, and 3,303 enlisted men were killed in flight accidents.
USS S-26 (SS-131) accidentally rammed and sunk by PC-460. 46 killed. 24 Jan. 1942.
USS Truxtun (DD-229) and USS Pollux (AKS-2) ran aground during a storm in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, and broke up in surf. 204 killed. 18 Feb. 1942.
USS R-12 (SS-89) sank after flooding in battery compartment. 42 drowned. 12 Jun. 1943.
A TBF Avenger splashed on takeoff from USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) in the eastern Pacific. Radioman killed when depth charge activated and exploded. 2 Sep. 1943.
An F6F Hellcat crashed on deck of USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) during Wake Island raid, fire and explosion kills 4 flight deck crew. 6 Oct. 1943.
USS Moonstone (PYc-9) lost after collision with USS Greer (DD-145). 1 killed. 16 Oct. 1943.
USS Mississippi (BB-41), during combat operations off Makin, Gilbert Islands, suffers cordite explosion in #2 14-inch gun turret. 43 killed, 19 injured. 20 Nov. 1943.
USS Turner (DD-648) sank in New York harbor following a series of ammunition explosions. 138 killed and 60 injured. 3 Jan. 1944.
An F6F Hellcat crashed through barrier on flight deck of USS Bataan (CVL-29) during training operation enroute to Trinidad, 3 flight deck crew killed. 13 Jan. 1944.
Accidental ordnance blast on LST-353 sets off cataclysmic ammunition explosions at West Loch, Pearl Harbor. Six tank landing ships (LST-39, LST-43, LST-69, LST-179, LST-353, LST-480), three tank landing craft (LCT-961, LCT-963, LCT-983), and 17 track landing vehicles (LVTs) are destroyed in explosions and fires. 163 killed and 396 injured. 21 May 1944.
Munitions explosion on Pier #1 at US Naval Magazine, Port Chicago CA. 241 Navy, 1 Marine, 5 Coast Guard and 73 civilians killed 390 injured including 233 African-American Navy personnel. 17 Jul. 1944.
LT Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the older brother of John F. Kennedy, was killed with his co-pilot in a mid-air explosion after taking off from England in a PB4Y from Special Attack Unit One (SAU-1). Following manual takeoff, they were supposed to parachute out over the English Channel while the radio-controlled explosive-filled drone proceeded to attack a German V-2 missile-launching site. Possible causes include faulty wiring or FM signals from a nearby transmitter. 12 Aug. 1944.
USS Warrington (DD-383) sank during hurricane off Florida. 248 drowned. 13 Sep. 1944.
USS Mount Hood (AE-11), with a cargo of 3,800 tons of ordnance, suddenly exploded in Seeadler Harbor, Admiralty Islands, creating a mushroom cloud that rose 7,000 feet into the air. The tremendous explosion ripped a 300 foot long, 50 foot wide, and 40 foot deep crater into the ocean floor. Metal fragments caused many casualties and severe damage to nearby ships and twenty-two small boats and landing craft were sunk, destroyed, or damaged beyond repair. Casualties included 45 known dead, 327 missing, and 371 injured. The only survivors of Mount Hood's 318-man crew were a shore party of 18 sailors who saw a flash from the harbor followed by two quick explosions. 10 Nov. 1944.
Task Force 38 struck by typhoon off the Philippines. Destroyers USS Hull (DD-350), USS Spence (DD-512), and USS Monaghan (DD-354) capsized and sank, at least 28 other vessels damaged. About 790 killed and 80 injured. 18 Dec. 1944.
USS Extractor (ARS-15) torpedoed and sank by USS Guardfish (SS-217) in case of mistaken identification. 6 killed. 24 Jan. 1945.
Task Force 38 struck by typhoon in Okinawa area. 36 ships damaged. At least 6 killed and 4 injured. 5 Jun. 1945.
While replenishing ordnance in Leyte Gulf, aircraft carrier Randolph (CV-15) was buzzed by an Army P-38 Mustang that subsequently crashed her forward flight deck. Explosion and fire killed 14, injured 11, and destroyed 11 other planes. 7 Jun. 1945.
During flight operations on Bataan (CVL-29), an arresting gear cable parted, killing one flight deck crew and injuring three others. 4 Jul. 1945.
Typhoon passes within 15 miles of Okinawa, severely damaging ships in Buckner Bay anchorage. 12 small ships and landing craft sunk, 222 others beached. 73 killed, 49 injured. 11 Oct. 1945.
Flight 19, comprised of 5 TBM Avengers on a training flight from Fort Lauderdale, FL, strayed off course, ran out of fuel and crashed into heavy seas. 14 killed. During the subsequent search, which involved hundreds of ships and aircraft, a PBM Mariner with a crew of 13 also crashed with no survivors. 5 Dec. 1945.
Barrack fire at Naval Training Station Barracks B in Newport, VA. 4 killed. 23(?) Jan. 1946.
USS Solar (DE-221) destroyed in ordnance accident at Naval Ammunition Depot at Earle, NJ. 165 killed and 65 injured. 30 Apr. 1946.
PBM-5 crash in Antarctica during Operation Highjump. Ensign Maxwell A. Lopez, ARM1 Wendell K. Henderson, and ARM1 Frederick W. Williams killed. 30 Dec 1946.
Liberty boat capsized in Mediterranean off Les Salins d'Hyeres, drowning eight sailors. 16 Feb. 1948.
Navy launch approaching an aircraft carrier sank off Norfolk, Virginia. [For casualty list see 2 June 1948 New York Times, page 58, column 4. Approx. 31 died on approx. 1 June]
Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal fell to his death from the seventh floor of the Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Md. 22 May 1949.
USS Tusk (SS-426) crew members washed overboard while rescuing crew of fire damaged USS Cochino (SS-345) in the Norwegian Sea. 7 drowned. 25 Aug. 1949.
Gasoline tanker USS Chehalis (AOG-48) sunk by fire and explosion at Tutuila, Samoa. 6 killed. 7 Oct. 1949.
Hospital ship USS Benevolence (AH-13) rammed and sunk by freighter Mary Luckenbach near San Francisco Bay. 18 killed. 25 Aug. 1950.
Liberty launch capsizes off Newport, RI, 19 sailors drown. 24 May 1951.
Collier Thomas Tracy collides with seaplane tender USS Valcour (AVP-55) off Cape Henry, VA., starting a severe aviation gasoline fire. 36 lost. 14 May 1951.
While at Yokosuka, aircraft carrier USS Bairoko (CVE-115) suffers an explosion and flash fire in flight hanger. Five killed. 18 May 1951.
After an F2H Banshee crashed through the safety barrier of USS Essex (CV-9), the resulting fire and explosion killed seven sailors. 16 Sep 1951.
LCPL of LST 561 foundered off Yongpyong-do, west coast of Korea with loss of all hands: two USN officers including COMLSTDIV-12, two US Army officers, one ROKN officer, five USN enlisted and two Royal Marines. 2 Mar. 1952.
During gun fire operations off North Korea, 30 killed in a powder blast in forward turret of cruiser USS St. Paul (CA-73). 21 Apr. 1952.
USS Hobson (DMS-26) broke in half and sank after collision with USS Wasp (CV-18) in mid-Atlantic collision. 176 killed. 26 Apr. 1952.
While USS Boxer (CV21) conducted flight operations off Korea, an explosion of a Panther jet aircraft (F9F) on the hangar deck caused a fire which ignited gasoline and ammunition. Nine personnel including one officer died of smoke and burns. Helicopters and destroyers of Task Force 77 rescued 63 survivors from the sea. 6 Aug. 1952.
A Navy Mariner PBM crashed on the west slope of Bataan Mountain, near the entrance to Manila Bay. Thirteen bodies were recovered from the wreckage, with no survivors. 7 Aug. 1952.
A Navy Mariner PBM, while on a night ASW patrol flight, crashed on Shikoku Island, Japan. The entire crew including five officers and nine enlisted men, killed. 8 Aug. 1952.
Six F9F-4s from VMF-115 crashed into a South Korean mountain following lead aircraft navigational instrument failure. All six pilots killed. 11 Sep. 1952.
176 killed in an Atlantic collision between the Wasp (CV-18) and the Hobson (DD-464). While the Wasp turned into the wind to recover aircraft, Hobson crossed the carrier's bow from starboard to port and was struck amidship breaking Hobson in two. 24 Sept 1952.
USS Ashtabula (AO 51) suffered a gasoline explosion while at Sasebo, Japan, resulting in one man missing, three injured, and considerable material damage to the ship. 30 Nov. 1952.
PBM-5 aircraft of Patrol Squadron 47 crashed in the Sea of Japan while on anti-submarine patrol, killing ten members of the crew of fourteen. 29 Dec. 1952.
Explosion in aircraft carrier USS Bennington (CV-20) off Cuba kills 11, injures 4 more. 28 Apr. 1953.
A target drone plane accidentally crashed light carrier USS Wright (CVL-49), 3 killed, 4 injured. 12 May 1953.
Accidental ignition of hydraulic fluid in catapult system starts a fire in Leyte (CV-32) at the Charlestown Naval Shipyard, Boston. 32 sailors and five civilians killed, 40 injured. 15 Oct. 1953.
Landing craft sunk after collision Inchon harbor, Korea. 24 marines drowned. 21 Jan. 1954.
While off Narragansett Bay, a catapult hydraulic fluid explosion, followed by secondary explosions, killed 103 aircraft carrier USS Bennington (CV-20) crewmen and injured 201 others. 26 May 1954.
USS Atka (AGB-3) helicopter pilot LT John P. Moore killed in helicopter crash at Kainan Bay near Little America, Antarctica. 22 Jan. 1955.
Battery explosion in submarine USS Pomodon (SS-486) at the San Francisco Naval Yard. Five killed, six injured. 20 Feb. 1955.
During an exercise off San Diego, a single-engine Douglas Skyraider AD-5N attack bomber accidentally crashed destroyer USS Hopewell (DD-681). Five killed. 11 Nov. 1955.
Engine room fire in radar picket ship USS Searcher (YAGR-4) off Cape May, NJ. Three killed, two injured. 13 Nov. 1955.
Destroyer USS Basilone (DDE-824) runs hard aground at Hampton Roads. One killed. 5 Jan. 1956.
D-2 tractor offloaded from icebreaker USS Glacier (AGB-4), driven by CD3 Richard T. Williams, USN, crashed through the ice off Cape Royds, Antarctica, during Operation Deep Freeze I. The driver and tractor were swallowed by the ice. 6 Jan. 1956.
D-8 tractor driven by CD1 Max R. Kiel, USN, was swallowed by a 100 foot-deep "V" shaped crevasse while filling a crevasse 110 miles east of Little America, Antarctica, during Operation Deep Freeze I. The cab of the tractor was smashed by impact with the narrowing ice walls and Kiel instantly crushed. It was impossible to recover Kiel's body. 5 Mar. 1956.
Two killed, four injured after collision between Columbus (CA-74) and Floyd B. Parks (DD-884) off Luzon. 11 Mar. 1956.
Three sailors died from exposure in an open whale boat found in Narragansett Bay. 17 Mar. 1956.
During a night march at the Parris Island recruit depot, an exceptionally strong tidal current in Ribbon Creek swept over Marine Platoon 71, drowning six men. 8 Apr. 1956.
Accidental 5-inch shell explosion on destroyer USS Buck (DD-761) kills one, injures nine. 28 Sep. 1956.
Anti-aircraft gun explosion killed two, injured 11, on John R. Pierce (DD-753) while off Nice. 1 Oct. 1956.
P2V-2N from squadron VX-6 crashed in a storm at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, during Operation Deep Freeze II. Capt. Rayburn Hudman, USMC LT David W. Carey, USNR AT1 Charles S. Miller, USN and AD1 Marian O. Marze, USN, died. 18 Oct 1956.
CD Ollie B Bartley, USN, killed when his Weasel tracked carier fell through the ice at Hut Point, Antarctica. 14 Jan 1957.
Steam-line explosion kills two, injures five, in aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42). 20 Jun. 1957.
Fire on two lighters adjacent to aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain (CV-39) in Marseilles harbor killed three sailors, injured five. 4 Jul. 1957.
AD2 Nelson R. Cole, from aviation Squadron VX-6, died from burns received in a helicopter crash in vicinity of McMurdo Station, Antarctica. 12 Jul 1957.
Three killed, at least four injured, by explosion in patrol ship USS Somersworth (PCER-849) off Montauk Point, N. Y. 18 Jul. 1957.
Two killed, three injured, following a steam catapult explosion in Kearsarge (CV-33), Yokosuka, Japan. 10 January 1958.
During pre-deployment exercises out of San Diego, an attack bomber explodes on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Hancock (CV-19). Two killed. 30 Jan. 1958.
During a storm in the Atlantic, one officer is swept off the bridge of submarine USS Cutlass (SS-478) and drowned. 23 Apr. 1958.
At Pearl Harbor, an accidental explosion in the depth charge fuse locker injures five destroyer escort Silverstein (DE-534) crewmen. 21 May 1958.
During an ASW exercise off Pearl Harbor, submarine USS Stickleback (SS-415) lost power and broached just ahead of destroyer escort Silverstein (DE-534). Holed in the resulting collision, the submarine gradually flooded and sank in 1,800 fathoms of water. No injuries. 28 May 1958.
Flight deck explosion on Ranger (CVA-61) kills two crewmen during training operations off San Francisco. 11 Nov. 1958.
Single-engine Otter cargo aircraft from VX-6 crashed during takeoff at Marble Point, Antarctica. LT Harvey E. Gardner, USN, and LT(JG) Lawrence J. Farrell, USN, died. 4 Jan 1959.
A collision in the Strait of Gibraltar between Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713) and supply ship Haiti Victory kills one and hurts four. 5 Mar. 1959.
At Norfolk, a flash electrical fire in aircraft carrier USS Randolph (CVA-15) killed one sailor, severely burns two others. 4 May 1959.
During carrier operations, an FJ Fury crashed USS Essex (CV-9) flight deck, killing two men, injuring 21, and destroying five other planes. 20 Jun 1959.
During a test in the hangar of aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18), a runaway helicopter engine exploded, killing two and injuring 21. 19 Aug. 1959.
An engine room fire hurts two crewmen in destroyer USS Decatur (DD-936). 29 Aug. 1959.
During a storm off Virginia, destroyer USS Daly (DD-519) was caught in a huge swell, killing one sailor and sweeping five others over board. 4 Feb. 1960.
R6D Douglas Liftmaster from Fleet Tactical Support Squadron One (VR-1) involved in mid-air collision with a Brasilian Real Airlines aircraft over Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, during President Eisenhower's 3-day tour of Brasil. Of the 41 passengers and crew on the R6D, 3 miraculously survived. The dead included 19 US Navy Bandsmen. 25 Feb. 1960.
In a collision near Cape Henry between destroyer escort USS Darby (DE-218) and ore ship Soya-Atlantic, two sailors were killed and several others injured. 19 Mar. 1960.
An explosion in aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CV-38) injures three near Valparaiso, Chile. 6 Apr. 1960.
An oxygen feed-line fire and explosion in Sargo (SSN-583) after torpedo room. One killed. 14 Jun. 1960.
Destroyers Ammen (DD-527) and Collett (DD-730) collide in a dense fog off Newport Beach, CA. 11 killed, 20 injured. 10 Jul. 1960.
A flash fire in the engineering spaces of minesweeper USS Exultant (MSO-441) kills five off Savannah. 12 Aug. 1960.
SW1 Orlan F. John, USN, killed in accidental explosion at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. 2 Nov 1960.
A fire during the building of aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA-64) at the New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, killed 46 workers and injured 150. 19 Dec. 1960.
During operations in the Aegean, a fuel oil fire in USS Saratoga (CVA-60) engine room killed seven. 23 Jan 1961.
After launching from the deck of USS Antietam (CVS-36) on 4 May 1961, and reaching the unprecedented height of 113,500 feet, the high-altitude research balloon Strato-Lab High 5 splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico. Following the accidental flooding of the passenger compartment, Lt. Comdr. Victor A. Prather drowned before rescue crews could arrive on the scene. 4 May 1961.
Two buildings were blown up by solid fuel used to hurl rockets into orbit in West Virginia. The Allegany Ballistics Laboratory is operated by the Hercules Powder Company for the Navy. There was another explosion on the following day in a boiler room. The laboratory is spread over several hundred acres the explosion was in two buildings identified as the solid propellant pilot plant. (20?) May 1961.
While anchored at Cannes, France, a fire in No. 4 main machinery space of aircraft carrier USS Independence (CVA-62) injures four. 19 Aug. 1961.
During a test run from Norfolk to New York, a fire in the machinery room of aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA-64) killed four men and injured nine others. 6 Nov 1961.
P2V Neptune from VX-6 crashed during take-off from Wilkes Station, Antarctica. LCDR William D. Counts, USN LT(JG) Romauld P. Compton, USN AMH1 William W. Chastain, USN ADR2 James L. Gray, USN and a civilian seismologist were killed. 9 Nov 1961.
An S2F Tracker from USS Randolph (CVS-15) lost during night flight operations while southeast of Norfolk, Va., four died. 4 April 1962.
During a practice torpedo firing exercise west of Pearl Harbor, toxic gases from a fire in the forward torpedo room of USS Tiru (SS-416) injures 18 sailors. 23 June 1962.
USS Thresher (SSN-593) sank with all hands in 8500 feet of water, 220 miles east of Boston. 112 Navy personnel and 17 civilian technicians killed. 10 April 1963.
A two-alarm fire swept through a storage building on the Washington Navy Yard, DC, injuring two sailors. 30 Apr. 1963.
While operating at night off Cape Henry, USS Randolph (CVA-15) starboard deck-edge elevator broke loose, dropping five men and one airplane into the Atlantic. Three men recovered, two drowned. 1 Apr. 1964.
A four-engine P-3A Orion from **** crashed in fog while attempting to land at Argentia naval base. Ten crew members killed. 17 Nov. 1964.
A twin-engine P2V Neptune from *** crashed into a mountain near the tip of Cape Newenham, Alaska. Twelve crew members killed. 26 Nov. 1964.
Two enlisted deep sea divers burned beyond recognition, and two others functioning as "tenders" were injured (treated for smoke inhalation) during a flash fire inside a decompression chamber during a physiological experiment simulating a pressure of 250 feet of depth for two hours at the Washington Navy Yard, DC. 16 Feb. 1965.
During combat flight operations off Vietnam, USS Ranger (CVA-61) suffered a fuel line fire in her No. 1 main machinery room. One sailor died before the fire was extinguished. 13 April 1965.
USS Newman K. Perry (DD-883) collided with USS Shangri-La (CVA-38) in the Tyrrhenian Sea, one destroyer sailor killed, another injured. 27 Aug 1965.
A flash fire in USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) No. 3 machinery room suffocated two sailors. 6 Dec 1965.
While off Norfolk, a catapult launch off Independence (CVA-62) ruptures an F-4B Phantom fighter's detachable fuel tank, spilling and igniting 4,000 gallons of jet fuel. Fire destroyed another Phantom and spreads into aviation stores compartment before being extinguished. 16 sailors burned or injured. 12 Dec. 1965.
DC-3 *** aircraft from VX-6 crashed during landing on the Ross ice shelf in the Antarctic while supporting Operation Deep Freeze. All six members of the crew killed. 3 Feb. 1966.
USS Oriskany (CV-34) fire and explosions in hanger bay during flight operations off Vietnam. During handling in a high explosives magazine a Mk Mod 3 flare was dropped and its safety lanyard inadvertently pulled, starting the fire which ignited more flares, 2. 75-inch rockets, and a liquid oxygen cart. 44 died of asphyxiation except one who died from burns and injuries. 156 injured. 26 Oct 1966.
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) fire in a supply store room asphyxiated eight men, injured four more. 4 Nov. 1966.
USS Nautilus (SSN-571) collides with USS Essex (CVS-9) during maneuvers off North Carolina. One submariner injured. 10 Nov. 1966.
During gunline operations off South Vietnam, USS Manley (DD-940) suffers a 5-inch gun powder fire and explosion. Three sailors injured. 7 Dec. 1966.
A collision between tanker SS Tom Bigbee and USS McMorris (DE-1036) about 75 miles southeast of Honolulu kills two sailors and injures seven others. 2 Feb. 1967.
While in the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, a crane accident killed two USS Oriskany (CVA-34) sailors and injured another. 9 Feb. 1967.
During a NATO exercise off the Faeroe Islands, two USS Picuda (SS-382) sailors are washed overboard and drowned. 17 Apr. 1967.
USS Raleigh (LPD-1) suffers an engine room steam accident which kills two sailors. 22 Jun. 1967.
USS Forrestal (CVA-59) fire and explosions on flight deck during combat operations off Vietnam. After an inadvertent firing of a Zuni rocket which struck an A-4 aircraft igniting its JP-5 fuel, other aircraft loaded with bombs and missiles were consumed leading to explosions. Sixty aircraft were damaged or destroyed. Ship damage totaled $72. 1 million. 134 killed and 161 injured. 29 Jul 1967.
At Mayport, a spontaneous-combustion fire in a rag store room in aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CV-38) killed one sailor in the fire party and severely injured another. 7 Oct. 1967.
During flight operations in the Tonkin Gulf, an accidental Zuni rocket ignition in USS Coral Sea (CV-43) injured nine sailors. 25 Oct. 1967.
During deck operations in the Tonkin Gulf, jet blast from a taxiing aircraft knocked an A-4 Skyhawk into the sea, drowning the pilot. 25 Nov. 1967.
While at Sasebo, Japan, a fire in USS Kearsarge (CV-33) enlisted quarters killed three sailors, injured two more. 22 Dec 1967.
Also at Sasebo, a small explosion in Lynde McCormick (DDG-8) injured two sailors. 24 Dec. 1967.
Grounded at Rhodes, Greece, by heavy winds and seas, destroyer USS Bache (DD-470) is abandoned and later broken up for salvage. No major injuries. 7 Feb. 1968.
USS Scorpion (SSN-589) lost with all hands 400 miles southwest of Azores, in over 10,000 feet of water. 99 killed. 22 May 1968.
Helicopter ***** operating from Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31) crashed near Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Five Navy personnel including a Filipino steward killed. 10 July 1968.
While operating off Charleston, SC., a fire in Douglas H. Fox (DD-779) killed two sailors and injured six others. 7 Sep. 1968.
USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) suffers ordnance accident resulting in fire and explosions while operating off Hawaii. Fifteen aircraft were destroyed and 17 were damaged. The ship suffered $56. 2 million in damages aircraft losses totaled over $70 million. 28 killed, 343 injured. 15 Jan. 1969.
An F8H Crusader from VF-24 crashed and went over the side while trying to land on USS Hancock (CVA-19), LTJG. Swigart killed. 5 Feb. 1969.
An A4E "Skyhawk" from VA-164 lost when aircraft nose gear collapsed during catapult launch from USS Hancock (CVA-19), killing LCDR Myers. 9 Feb. 1969.
USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) cut in half in collision with Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne (R-21) in collision. 74 killed. 2 Jun. 1969.
At Jacksonville, a flash fire in aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CV-38) killed one sailor and severely burned two others. 10 Jan. 1970.
An F-8J Crusader from VF-24 struck the flight deck ramp of USS Hancock (CVA-19) and exploded during night carrier qualifications, killing LT. Darrell N. Eggert. 1 Sep. 1970.
An F-8J Crusader from VF-211 crashed into the flight deck of USS Hancock (CVA-19), killing LT. G. J. Carloni. 28 Oct. 1970.
USS Trenton (LPD-14) engine room main guarding steam valve ruptures, instantly killing four sailors and burning six others, two of whom later die from burns. 28 Jun. 1971.
While operating off Vietnam, a turret fire and explosion in Newport News (CA-148) kills 20 and injures another 36 sailors. 1 Oct. 1972.
USS Saratoga (CVA-60) suffers a fire in No. 2 Machine Room while at Singapore, three killed and 12 injured. 29 Oct. 1972.
One sailor dies fighting a fire in the forward hold of Florikan (ASR-9). 30 Oct. 1972.
Two sailors injured in premature shell explosion on Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) off Saigon. 6 Jan. 1973.
A boiler explosion in the after fireroom of USS Basilone (DD-824) kills seven and injures another four sailors. 5 Feb. 1973.
Three sailors are injured in an engine room fire in USS Agerholm (DD-826) off San Diego. 7 Feb. 1973.
One sailor is electrocuted while working in fireroom in USS Garcia (FF-1040). 28 Jun. 1973.
Commander A. L. Wilderman, CO of USS Plunger (SSN-595), lost overboard in a storm just off San Francisco. 2 Dec. 1973.
No. 1 Main Machinery Room fire in USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) in South China Sea kills six, injures 38 sailors. 11 Dec. 1973.
Jet aircraft crashed into eastern Indian Ocean after taking off from USS Enterprise. One crew member killed and another injured. 13 Jan. 1975.
USS Belknap (DLG-26) collides with USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) in the Mediterranean. One Kennedy crewman killed, seven Belknap crewmen killed and 47 injured. 22 Nov. 1975.
USS Voge (FF-1047) collides with unidentified Soviet submarine in the Ionian Sea, 1 sailor injured. 31 Aug. 1976.
USS Wabash (AOR-5) caught in major storm off the Philippines, 14 sailors injured. 16 Sep. 1976.
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) collides with USS Bordelon (DD-881) near Scotland, six destroyer crewmen injured. 16 Sep. 1976.
Helicopter from USS San Diego crashed at sea. Russell Eugene Ward (and perhaps others) died. 17 Dec. 1976.
LCM-6 from USS Trenton (LPD-14) carrying sailors and marines returning from liberty to USS Trenton and USS Guam (LPH-9), capsized after collision with Spanish merchant ship Urlea off Barcelona, Spain. 49 died in the accident. 17 Jan. 1977.
Dummy training shell fired from a destroyer accidentally strikes USS Opportune (ARS-41), injuring four sailors. 30 Jul. 1978.
USS Francis Marion (LPA-249) in a collision with Greek freighter off Virginia, two sailors injured. 5 Mar. 1979.
A severe storm off Cape Hatteras sweeps four sailors overboard from USS King (DDG-41), one rescued and three drown. 9 Feb. 1980.
Low-flying P-3 Orion from VP-. strikes cable and crashes at Pago Pago, American Samoa. Seven crewmen killed. 18 Apr. 1980.
USS Midway (CV-41) and Panamanian-registered cargo ship Cactus collide, two sailors killed and three injured. 30 Jul. 1980.
Training aircraft . F-4 **** crashes in the Chesapeake Bay, two killed. 18 Dec. 1980.
US Navy C-130 Hercules crashes in South China Sea, 16 killed. 26 Feb. 1981.
EA-6B Prowler crashed into flight deck of USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during a night landing, 14 sailors and marines killed, and 45 injured. Twelve aircraft lost or destroyed at a cost of $73 million. 26 May 1981.
Flight deck accident kills one sailor on USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). 8 Sep. 1981.
During landing on USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), an A-7E Corsair snaps arresting cable, two killed and three injured. 4 Dec. 1981.
LCDR Stu Powrie, a member of the Blue Angels, is killed in the crash of his A-4 Skyhawk in California. 23 Feb. 1982.
US Navy C-1A Trader cargo plane crashes in Crete, 11 killed. 3 Apr. 1982.
Steam accident in Saratoga (CV-60) during overhaul at Philadelphia injures ten. 17 Jun. 1982.
One sailor dies and four others injured in Goldsborough (DDG-20) during severe storm off Hawaii. 25 Nov. 1982.
EA-6B Prowler crashes near Coupeville, Wash., killing three crewmen. 29 Dec. 1982.
Three fighter aircraft lost during training exercise off Puerto Rico, two killed. 18 Mar. 1983.
US Navy plane crashes in St. Johns River, Florida, killing 15 passengers and crew. 1 May. 1983.
P-3 Orion lost over Kauai, Hawaii, killing 14 crewmembers. 17 Jun. 1983.
Two US Navy aircraft collide near Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, one killed. 3 Sep. 1983.
Space shuttle Challenger (Mission STS-51-L) exploded during launch killing CDR Michael Smith, USN, and 6 other non-Navy astronauts. 28 Jan. 1986.
USS Iowa (BB-61) ammunition explosion in the #2 16-inch gun turret while conducting firing practice northeast of Puerto Rico. 47 killed, 11 minor injuries. 19 Apr. 1989.
Heavy waves wash three sailors from the deck of USS Barbel (SS-580) while operating off Kyushu, Japan. Two sailors drown, one rescued. 1 May 1989.
Fire in engine room of USS White Plains while 100 miles east of Hong Kong. Killed 6. 9 May 1989.
Fuel fire on USS Conyngham (DD-371/DDG-17) killed 1 (LT Algernon Pope Gordon, Jr. ). 8 May 1990.
Explosion and fire killed two crewmen and injured sixteen others aboard USS Midway, which was conducting routine flight operations 125 miles off Japan's Pacific coast. The initial explosion was in a fourth-deck storeroom, a second explosion occurred in the same store room 45 minutes later. 20 Jun 1990.
Three sailors were injured when a Marine sentry fired a . 50 caliber machine gun at their military pickup truck as they approached the Marine camp. 29 Oct 1990.
Marine 1st Lt. Michael N. Monroe was killed and three other Marines injured when their HMMWV, went over an embankment and dropped about 20 feet. The Marines were shifting camp sites in night training exercises. 30 Oct 1990.
Ten sailors were killed when a steam valve ruptured aboard USS Iwo Jima, which was in the Arabian Sea to take part in amphibious landing exercises on 31 October. 30 Oct. 1990
Helicopter accident off USS Tripoli. 19 Dec. 1990. [at least 2 died – needs further research]
An Israeli-chartered liberty ferry shuttling crewmembers of the USS Saratoga (CV-60) capsized and sank in 20 seconds off Haifa, Israel, resulting in 21 drowned. 21 Dec. 1990.
One Marine killed and two wounded when their convoy which was returning from an artillery operation was hit by cluster bomb munitions apparently by "friendly fire. " 2 Feb. 1991. .
Engine room fire onboard Dahlgren killed 2 sailors, wounded 4 others. 22 Feb. 1992.
The carbon dioxide fire-extinguishing system discharged inexplicably, suffocating two sailors and fatally wounding a third. The men were working in a paint storage locker. 30 Jul 1992.
LT. Joel Todd Martinique died and 5 others were injured when a UH-1N "huey" helicopter carrying six personnel impactd thewater after taking off from Peleliu (LHA-5). CAPT. Carl A. Gumpert, Jr., 1st LT. Scott S. Jensen, CPL. Michael E. Passaro, LCPL. Wayne E. King, and Seaman Apprentice Caleb Sutton were flowin to Camp Pendleton's Naval Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, after being pulled from the water. The aircraft was conducting a medical evacuation mission with suspected appendicitis victim Seaman Sutton. LT. Martinique, a naval doctor, was accompanying the patient when the "Huey" went into the water. The aircraft was part of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 163(C). 7 Oct. 1993.
A VF-84 F-14 from NAS Oceana, VA, crashed in Currituck Sound, NC, after receiving indications of an onboard fire when returning from a routine air combat training mission. LT. Jeffry Daus was picked up from land by local authorities and LCDR. Kevin Wensig was rescued by a fishing boat from Currituck Sound before both were taken to local hospitals, treated for minor injuries and released. 18 Nov 1993.
An HH-46 Sea Knight from Inchon (LPH-12) crashed in the Atlantic Ocean about 500 miles northeast of Bermuda. The twin-rotor helicopter was assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 6, Det 1, NAS Norfolk, VA. Missing and presumed dead are LT. Edward "Randy" O'Neill, LT. Michael Tanner, and AT3 Patrick Bleakney. Airman Brian Darley was rescued from the sea by a boat from Trenton (LPD-14) and treated for a hip dislocation, broken wrist and minor scrapes and bruises. Inchon had commenced a scheduled six-month Mediterranean Sea deployment on 5 Jan. 10 Jan 1994.
An F/A-18 from VFA-82 crashed in the Ocala National Forest, about 40 miles west of Daytona, FL, during a training exercise. The pilot, LT Adam Kaff, was rescued by helicopter, treated for minor injuries and released. 21 Jun 1994.
An EA-6B from VAQ-141, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, crashed short of the runway at NAS Fallon, Nevada. All four crew members ejected safely and were treated and released from the hospital with minor injuries. The aircraft was conducting training operations. 29 June 1994.
A fire broke out aboard George Washington (CVN-73) at the starboard aft fueling station sending 13 sailors to sick bay with smoke inhalation injuries. The fire damaged the refueling station, an aviation equipment test station and three adjacent compartments. All of the injured were treated and back to duty by the next morning. The fire was extinguished in about an hour and normal flight operations resumed. Airborne aircraft were diverted to Italian airfields and flight deck aircraft were moved from danger. 11 July 1994.
LT. Laurence B. Williams, LT. Mark Koteek, Chief Aviation Survivalman Peter A. Leeman, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st class Michael R. Gill, all of the Coast Guard, were killed with their HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from CGAS Humboldt Bay, Calif., crashed in heavy fog into a cliff off the coast of northern California. 12 July 1994.
A T-2 Buckeye assigned to VT-19, NAS Meridian, Tenn., crashed shortly after takeoff from NAS Oceana, VA. Both pilots ejected Navy LT. Mark Sharp was killed and Marine 1st LT Carl Hogsett sustained broken bones and a serious head injury. 23 Jul 1994.
Two T-45 Goshawks from VT-21, flying as part of a four-plane formation, collided in midair near NAS Kingsville, TX. LT(jg) Shawn Inman ejected safely from the first aircraft, was treated for minor injuries and released. LT(jg) Brian S. DeHaan, the pilot of the second aircraft, was unable to eject and was killed in the crash. It was the first solo for both student pilots. 27 Aug. 1994.
Two F-14 Tomcasts from Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) collided off the North Carolina coast while conducting a routine training mission. Two aviators were lost at sea when their aircraft crashed in the Atlantic Ocean. The other F-14 landed at MCAS Cherry Point, NC, with both crewmen uninjured. 15 Sept 1994
A-6E "Intruder" from VA-115 crashed during a low level training route over Yoshinogawa River on the island of Shikoku, Japan. LT Eric A. Hamm and LT John J. Dunne, Jr. were killed. 14 Oct. 1994.
UH-1N of HMLA-267 crashed at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, while conducting a training flight. SGT Ernest A. Miller, III, killed and four others injured. 14 Oct. 1994.
F-14 crashed about 50 miles of the Coast of San Diego, California, during an attempted landing on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), killing LT Kara Hultgreen. 25 Oct. 1994.
T-34C "Turbo-Mentor" from VT-10. Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, crashed into a coastal Alabama field killed LT John Francis Brown. 5 Dec. 1994.
F/A-18C from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) crashed off the California coast during a training flight. The pilot died. 29 Jan. 1995.
AV-8B "Harrier" from VMA-214 deployed aboard USS Essex (LHD-2) crashed after launch in the Indian Ocean during a routine training flight, killing CAPT Raymond N. McKay. 30 Jan. 1995.
T-34C "Turbo-Mentor" from VT-28 crashed in the Gulf of Mexico during a routine training mission. Instructor pilot LT David J. Huber killed, and student pilot ENS Joseph W. Moorehouse seriously injured. 14 Feb. 1995.
UH-1N "Huey" based aboard USS Essex (LHD-2) crashed 25 miles southeast of Mogadishu, Somalia, while on a training mission. SGT Justin A. Harris lost at sea. Four aircrew members recovered with minor injuries. 20 Feb. 1995.
SH-60F "Seahawk" from HS-14 assigned to USS Independence (CV-62) crashed at night 110 miles off the east coast of Japan. AW1 William Quinn and AW1 Humberto Escobar were killed. Pilot LT Todd Flannery and copilot ENS Gust Sparangis were injured. 15 Mar. 1995.
F-14 "Tomcat" from VF-14 crashed about 75 miles off the Virginia coast while conducting a routine training mission. LT Jerry Seagle and an Air Force officer were treated for mild hypothermia. 23 Mar. 1995.
P-3C "Orion" from VP-47 crashed five miles off the coast of Oman due to engine trouble. All 11 crew members were treated for minor injuries after rescue by Oman Air Force helicopters. 24 Mar. 1995.
F/A-18 of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 crashed near Cold Springs, Nevada while conducting carrier air wing training from Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, in preparation for deployment aboard USS America (CV-66). CAPT David E. Bowser was killed. 24 Mar. 1995.
F/A-18 of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 134 overshot the runway and crash landed at Naval Air Station Miramar, California. CAPT John Jantzen received minor injuries. 24 Apr. 1995.
F/A-18 "Hornet" crashed in northwest New Mexico. RADM James G. Prout, III, Commander, Carrier Group Three, and CDR Joseph Kleefisch, commanding officer of VFA-25 were killed. 17 May 1995.
Cessna 172 with four VA-165 sailors based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, clipped a power line and crashed in the desert near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. AO1 Christopher W. Pantelopoulos (reportedly the pilot), AOAN James E. Pedersen, and AOAN Erik R. Bess were killed and AOAA Timothy S. Moseley was injured. 27 May 1995.
A VS-33 S-3B, on a routine training mission from Nimitz (CVN-68) crashed into the Pacific. All 4 crew members ejected approximately 130 miles west of North Island and were recovered after less than an hour in the water by an SH-60F belonging to HS-8, also on board Nimitz. The four crewmen, who escaped serious injury, were LCdr. Paul Hennes, mission commander Lts. Scott Morrissey, pilot, and Mary Keiming, co-tactical coordinator and AW1 Charles Colvin, sensor operator. Three other HS-8 helos and one VAW-112 E-2C Hawkeye participated in the search effort. 21 July 1995.
LT. Norman Weakland and LT. Ty Loutsenheiser, two VFA-125 pilots, safely ejected from their F/A-18D Hornet prior to its impact on the bombing range 35 miles northeast of NAS Fallon, Nevada. The pilots were rescued by NAS Fallon Search and Rescue crew later that day. 24 Aug 1995.
1st LT. Michael G. Blaisdell, a Marine F/A-18 pilot assigned to VFA-106, was killed when his Hornet crashed at approximately 1830 while he was performing touch-and-go exercises at NAS Cecil Field's outlying field at Whitehouse, FL. 30 Aug. 1995.
An F-14A from VF-213 crashed during routine training operations about 55 miles from Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), which was 800 miles west of Guam at the time. The Tomcat's pilot, LT. Neal P. Jennings, and radar intercept officer, LT(JG) Timothy J. Gusewelle, suffered burns on their faces and hands. They were rescued by a small boat from John Paul Jones (DDG-53). A helicopter from HS-6 embarked on Lincoln also participated in the rescue. 20 Sept. 1995.
An H-60 Seahawk assigned to HS-4, NAS North Island, Calif., crashed on a bombing range 12 miles south of NAS Fallon, Nev., while on a routine training exercise. LT. Kevin Guth, LT. Fremont Besmer, AW1 Mark Klausmeier, AW2 Mark Mitchum, and AW2 Matthew Shicks were rescued by another HS-4 helo participating in the exercise and were treated for minor injuries. 25 Sept. 1995.
All four crew members are believed dead after their CH-46 Sea Knight 50 miles off the Virginia coast near Cape Henry. The helicopter crashed while supporting nighttime training operations with Guam (LPH 9). The body of AT2 Daniel R. Biddle, 26, was recovered by searchers operating from Guam. Not recovered and presumed dead are LT. Ronald J. Mobayed, LT. Robert W. Vogel, and AT3 Eric M. Hakel. The four were members of HC-6 based out of Norfolk,VA. 3 Oct 1995.
Two F/A-18 "Hornets" of Strike Fighter Squadron 22, Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, collided over the Desatoya Mountains about 50 miles northeast of Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, during routine training. Pilot LT Kevin Duggan treated for minor injuries, and pilot LCDR William Braker was killed. 17 Jan. 1996.
F-14A "Tomcat" of Fighter Squadron 213 crashed in a suburban area near Nashville, Tennessee after taking off from Air National Guard's Berry Field for its return to Naval Air Station Miramar, California, during a routine airways navigation training flight. Pilot LCDR John Bates, radar intercept officer LT Graham Higgins, and three civilians were killed. 29 Jan. 1996.
F-5E "Tiger II" from Strike Fighter Squadron 127 crashed in the Clan Alpine mountains 60 miles northeast of Fallon, Nevada. The pilot, LCDR Richard Ryon of Fighter Squadron Composite 13 was killed. 8 Feb. 1996.
HH-1 "Huey" search and rescue helicopter based at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, crashed in a remote area about 20 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe, while participating in a civilian search and rescue effort. LT Dan Keohane, petty officers Ron Brabant and Jason Cassady, and corpsman Ken May were injured in the crash. 22 Feb. 1996.
EA-6B "Prowler" from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 135 crashed during a routine flight from USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). LCDR James Dee and LT Thomas Francis were killed. LT Charles Luttrell and LT Derrick Busse were injured. 24 Feb. 1996.
S-3 "Viking" of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 24 crashed at sea near Puerto Rico while on a routine training mission. Pilot LT Donald Cioffi and Naval Flight Officer LT Thomas Wilcox were killed. 15 Mar. 1996.
F/A-18C "Hornet" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232, stationed at Naval Air Station Miramar, California, crashed near Naval Air Facility El Centro, California. The pilot, CAPT Michael P. Jeffries ejected prior to the crash and suffered minor injuries. 2 Apr. 1996.
CH-46 "Sea Knight" and an AH-1W "Super Cobra" from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 266, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, collided above Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. MAJ Michael D. Kuszewski, CAPT Scott T. Rice, 1st LT Joseph R. Fandrey, 1st LT Arthur J. Schneider, CPL Brandon J. Tucker, CPL Brian L. Collins, CPL Britt T. Stacey, CPL Erik D. Kirkland , LCPL John P. Condello, LCPL Jackie D. Chidester, LCPL Jose L. Elizarraras, LCPL Jorge E. Malagon, Navy Hospitalman (HN) Brent W. Garmon, and an Army sergeant were killed. 10 May 1996.
Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jeremy Michael Boorda committed suicide at the Washington Navy Yard. 16 May 1996.
F/A-18 "Hornet" of Strike Fighter Squadron 105, Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida, crashed during a night approach to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) near Puerto Rico. The pilot, LT Craig M. Munsen was killed. 9 Aug. 1996.
F/A-18A "Hornet" from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 321 crashed about 50 miles east of Wallops Island, Virginia, during a training mission. The pilot, MAJ Patrick Gregoire, was killed. 22 Aug. 1996.
EA-6B "Prowler" of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, crashed during a training mission at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona. Pilot CAPT Gregory O. Glaeser, and electronic countermeasures officers LTCOL Joseph E. Connell, II, MAJ John S. Bacheller, and CAPT Brian F. Hussey were killed. 23 Aug. 1996.
AV-8B "Harrier" of Marine Attack Squadron 211 crashed about 60 miles northwest of Yuma, Arizona, during a training mission. The pilot, CAPT Dale W. Mulkey, USMC, was killed. 7 Oct. 1996.
T-2C "Buckeye" of Training Squadron 23 crashed during a training flight at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi. The student pilot, 1st LT Michael Warda, was killed. 10 Oct 1996.
HH-60H "Seahawk" of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 15 on board USS Enterprise (CVN-65) crashed in the northern Persian Gulf during a routine training mission. Pilots LCDR Jeffrey Hilliard and LT Robert Wood, Jr., and Sea Air Land Team 8 member AW1 Steven Voight were killed. Nine survivors were recovered. 25 Oct. 1996.
F/A-18C "Hornet" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 crashed during a night landing on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in the north Pacific. CAPT Christopher Hodges was not seriously injured. 4 Dec. 1996.
S-3B Viking antisubmarine aircraft assigned to Sea Control Squadron (VS-22), embarked on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) clipped 7 to 10-foot-high seas off Israeli coast and crashed killing the crew of four: LCDR Mark Ehlers, LT Mark Eyre, LT Mike Weems, and AW3 Wendy Potter. 4 Feb. 1997.
F/A-18D "Hornet" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather)-21, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, crashed into the Yellow Sea 60 miles southwest of Korea. CAPT Mark R. Nickles and MAJ Danny A. D'Eredita were killed. 9 Feb. 1997.
AV-8B "Harrier" of Marine Attack Training Squadron 203, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, crashed at Bogue Field, North Carolina, The pilot, CAPT Grant Fukuda, ejected and was medevaced to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. 18 Feb. 1997.
T-34C "Turbo-Mariner" of Marine Fighter-Attack Training Squadron 101 crashed 11 miles northeast of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California. LT John Bush and LT(JG) Michael Moffatt, Jr. were killed. 27 Feb. 1997.
HH-60H "Seahawk" of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 3, based at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida, crashed off North Carolina while operating from USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67). LCDR Joseph F. King, LT Christopher D. Buckley, AWC Andrew K. Baker, and AW2 Edward J. Kos were killed. 13 Mar. 1997.
During launch of F/A-18 "Hornet" of Strike Fighter Squadron 27 on USS Independence (CV-62), the aircraft's port main landing gear collapsed, causing the weapons pylon to strike the waist catapult center deck hatch, which closed on the catapult operator, ABAN Fred Watson, III, who was medevaced to a hospital in nearby Sydney, Australia, for treatment of two broken legs and a broken arm. 2 Apr. 1997.
Airman Nadia T. Alten was lost overboard from USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67). The search for her was called off after 28 hours. 30 Apr. 1997.
CH-46E "Sea Knight" of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164, based at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California, crashed following takeoff from USS Juneau (LPD-10) off California. Pilot MAJ Dennis A. Dogs, copilot CAPT Paul D. Barnes, aerial observer LCPL Rodolfo Guajardo and crew chief CPL Michael J. Tsoris were killed. 10 May 1997.
Two Marine Corps F/A-18C "Hornets" of Fighter Attack Squadron 251, flying from USS George Washington (CVN-73) on a patrol of the no-fly zone over southern Iraq, collided about 80 miles east of Kuwait City, Kuwait. One pilot was killed. 6 Feb. 1998.
UH-1N "Huey" from Naval Weapons Test Squadron, China Lake, California, crashed in a mountainous area of California's Sequoia National Forest. The five occupants were killed. 18 Feb. 1998.
SH-60B "Seahawk" of Light Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 47 crashed during a flight from its home base at Naval Air Station North Island, California. The five occupants: LT Kelly Mackey, LT John Lee, LTJG Donald Hillegas, LTJG Kent Koontz, and AW3 Daniel Garber, were killed. 6 Mar. 1998.
F/A-18 "Hornet" from Strike Fighter Squadron 37, assigned to USS Enterprise (CVN-65), crashed near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. The pilot, LT Jonathan Nolan, was killed. 27 May 1998.
SH-60F "Seahawk" made an emergency landing near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. AW2 Michael DeWitt was killed, and nine other occupants received minor injuries. 28 May 1998.
Two F-14 "Tomcats" of Fighter Squadron 103, operating from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), collided over Mediterranean Sea. One aircraft safely landed. The crew of the other ejected pilot LCDR Ronald Wise was killed and radar intercept officer LT William Kane was injured. 31 Jul. 1998.
H-60 "Seahawk" of Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, training at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, crashed while assisting in a search and rescue effort for a missing private aircraft. Two crew members were killed and two injured. 26 Sep. 1998.
EA-6B "Prowler" returning to USS Enterprise (CVN-65) during a flight off the coast of Virginia struck an S-3 "Viking" from Sea Control Squadron 22 on the flight deck. Both crews ejected. The "Prowler" crew from Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 130, including LTJG Brendan Duffy, LCDR Kurt Barich, LTJG Charles Woodard and LTJG Meredith Loughran killed. 8 Nov. 1998.
CH-46 "Sea Knight" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 8 deployed aboard USNS Sirius (TAF 8) crashed while conducting vertical replenishment with USS Stump (DD-978) in the Mediterranean. LT Aaron Barbosa and AMS2 Ross Daniel lost at sea. 19 Nov. 1998.
Pilot and F/A-18C "Hornet" from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 212 lost during a mission in Alaska. 10 Mar. 1999.
A Marine CH-53E "Super Stallion" from Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 struck water during low-light operations with night-vision gear off Japan. Four killed. 10 April 1999.
CH-53D "Sea Stallion" from Marine Corps Base Hawaii (Oahu) lost its tail boom while landing, causing the helo to roll over. The four crew members sustained minor injuries. 23 Jun. 1999.
Both crew members killed in S-3 "Viking" of Sea Control Squadron 32 which was lost upon launching from USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) in the Arabian Gulf. 14 Nov. 1999.
One sailor and six Marines killed when CH-46 "Sea Knight" from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166, flying from USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), crashed off the California coast. 9 Dec. 1999.
Aircrew members injured when AH-1W "Sea Cobra" from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 261 impacted the ground during a training flight in Jordan. 31 Jan. 2000.
MV-22 "Osprey" based on Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, and temporarily attached to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, crashed near Tucson killing all 19 Marines aboard. The Osprey was part of a two-plane flight conducting operational evaluation. 8 April 2000.
Both crew members killed when T-34C "Turbo Mentor" of Training Squadron 6, Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Florida, crashed in Alabama. 2 May 2000.
Pilot and radio intercept officer killed when F-14 "Tomcat" assigned to Fighter Squadron 101, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, crashed during a flight demonstration at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. 18 June 2000.
One person killed when the landing gear of a CH-53E "Super Stallion" of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 collapsed during maintenance at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. 21 Jun. 2000.
Both crew members killed when T-38A "Talon" of the US Naval Test Pilot School, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, crashed at the station. 11 Jul. 2000.
Nine passengers killed when Navy-contracted Piper "Navajo Chieftain" on a routine shuttle flight from Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, New Jersey, to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, crashed in New Jersey. 9 Aug. 2000.
MH-53E "Sea Dragon" of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, crashed into the Gulf of Mexico killing all 6 occupants. 10 Aug. 2000.
Two F/A-18D "Hornets" of Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron 242, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, collided in midair near Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. One plane crashed, killing both aircrew members the other landed safely. 11 Sep. 2000.
Instructor pilot and student killed when T-34C "Turbo Mentor" of Training Squadron 10, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, crashed in Alabama. 27 Sep. 2000.
Pilot killed when F/A-18C "Hornet" of Strike Fighter Squadron 25 crashed in the Arabian Gulf following takeoff from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). 29 Sep. 2000.
Pilot was lost a sea when F/A-18C "Hornet" from VFA-151 crashed off southern California after a night catapult launch from USS Constellation (CV-64). 20 Oct. 2000.
Four Marines killed when MV-22 "Osprey" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron (VMMT) 204 crashed at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. 11 Dec. 2000.
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67). Petty Officer Third Class Joseph K. Kauffmann assigned to Carrier Air Wing 14, lost overboard on 26 Jan. 2001.
Two aviators killed when TAV-8B "Harrier II" of Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 crashed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. 3 Feb. 2001.
USS George Washington sailor lost overboard. 4 Feb. 2001.
Two instructor pilots killed when T-45A "Goshawk" of Training Squadron 22 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while observing training flights on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). 21 Feb. 2001.
A sailor was killed in a flight deck accident involving a SH-60B "Seahawk" of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light 49 aboard USS Thach (FFG-43) in the Pacific Ocean. 19 Mar. 2001.
A Vietnamese helicopter surveying potential sites for full-scale excavations to recover remains of Americans missing in action from the Vietnam War crashed in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Chief Hospital Medical Corpsman Juan Pedro Gonzales, USN, killed. 7 Apr. 2001.
Seaman Matthew Draughon drowned while salvaging the wreckage of a Misawa F-16 that had crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Misawa Air Base, Japan. The umbilical lines supplying air and communications to Draughon became wrapped around the ship's anchor chain. Strong currents whipped the chain, which hit Draughon and caused him to lose his diving helmet. 5 May 2001.
Both aviators killed when T-34C "Turbo-Mentor" of Fighter Attack Squadron 125, crashed near Naval Air Facility El Centro, California. 21 May 2001.
Pilot killed when F/A-18C "Hornet" of Fighter Attack Squadron 106 crashed in Florida. 29 May 2001.
Both crew members killed then T-34C "Turbo-Mentor" assigned to Training Air Wing 6 crashed in Alabama. 8 Jun. 2001.
Three crew members killed when CH-46E "Sea Knight" of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 365 crashed into the water at Marine Corps Air Station New River, South Carolina. 9 Jul. 2001.
DoD news release indicates that 65 personnel died in aviation mishaps in fiscal year 2001.
LVS overturned on curve resulting in the death of the (Marine) A-driver. 2 Oct. 2001.
USS Inchon (MCS 12) fire in boiler room. Machinist's Mate third Class Ronnie Joe Palm, Jr. died and seven other sailors injured. 19 Oct. 2001.
Machinist's Mate Fireman Apprentice Bryan L. Davis lost overboard from aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in Arabian Sea during Operation Enduring Freedom. 7 Nov. 2001.
Sailor lost at sea during an attempted search and rescue hoist by a HH-60H "Seahawk" from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 14 in the Arabian Sea. 7 Nov. 2001.
Engineman 1st Class Vincent Parker and Electronics Technician 3rd Class Benjamin Johnson from USS Peterson (DD-969) boarding party drowned after oil smuggling merchant ship Samra foundered in the northern Persian Gulf. 18 Nov. 2001.
Petty Officer Randy Whitaker, USN, assigned to USS Russell (DDG 59), lost at sea. 27 Nov 2001.
Fireman apprentice on aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk fell from the top bunk rack and died from a head injury. 29 Nov. 2001.
Electrician's Mate Fireman Apprentice Michael J. Jakes Jr., died from a head injury on USS Kitty Hawk in Northern Arabian Sea during Operation Enduring Freedom. 4 Dec. 2001.
KC-130/R from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 (VMGR-352) crashed near Shamsii, Pakistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Command Pilot Captain Matthew W. Bancroft, Co-Pilot Captain Daniel G. McCollum, Flight Engineer Gunnery Sergeant Stephen L. Bryson, Loadmaster Staff Sergeant Scott N. Germosen, Flight Mechanic Sergeant Nathan P. Hays, Flight Navigator Lance Corporal Bryan P. Bertrand, Radio Operator Sergeant Jeannette L. Winters killed. 9 Jan. 2002.
Marines from 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, injured when an unknown item exploded in a burn pit while they were burning trash at their base camp in Qandahar, Afghanistan. Three Marines injured. 17 Jan. 2002.
Two US Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, were injured when the backblast of a C-17 aircraft disembarking personnel and equipment at Qandahar, Afghanistan, caused two aluminum pallets to blow into the air, landing in the tent area of the Marines. The injuries were not life threatening. 18-19 Jan. 2002.
1st Light Armored Reconn (LAR) Battalion, US Marine Corps Corporal was acting as one of two required ground guides in order to assist in moving an M-813 5-ton truck off a loading ramp. As the driver started the truck, the Corporal jumped off the loading ramp onto the ground behind the truck. The truck jerked backwards pinning him between the truck and the loading ramp. The Corporal suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. 18 Jan. 2002.
CH-53E from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361), supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, crashed 60 kilometers south of Bagram in northern Afghanistan. Staff SGT Walter F. Cohee III and Staff SGT Dwight J. Morgan killed and five injured. 20 Jan. 2002.
Sailor fell off USS George Washington (CVN-73). Despite search by H-60 "Seahawks" from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 3, the sailor was not located. 4 Feb. 2002.
5-ton truck participating in a battalion field firing exercise apparently jack-knifed while towing a M198 (155mm howitzer). The truck then rolled over. The mishap occurred at night (1830 PST--Sunset was 1727 PST). All 8 personnel were airlifted to a local hospital. 3 deaths and 3 serious injuires. 5 Feb. 2002.
Copilot and one crew member suffered minor injuries when their CH-46 "Sea Knight" from squadron HS-6 crashed during vertical replenishment with Mount Baker (T-AE- 34) 100 miles east of the Virginia Capes. 7 Feb. 2002.
Crewmen were injured when a UH-1N "Huey" from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 crashed in Kenya, Africa. 11 Feb. 2002.
Crewmen were injured when a KC-130F "Hercules" from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 crashed at Twentynine Palms, California. 11 Feb. 2002.
A Marine suffered fatal injuries after being struck by the gun section of a M198 155 mm howitzer. 13 Feb. 2002
UH-1N "Huey" from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 crashed in the Chocolate Mountains of Imperial County, California, during a routine training maneuver. Two Marines were killed and two injured. 14 Feb. 2002.
F/A-18D "Hornet" from Marine All-Weather Fighter Squadron 533 damaged when it departed the runway after a hook-skip at Twentynine Palms, California. Both crewmembers ejected but one was killed. 17 Feb. 2002.
A Sgt. Maj. collapsed after a 4-mile run, went into cardiac arrest, resulting in death. 18 Feb. 2002.
Sgt. Maj. collapsed after first mile of a formation run, and later died. 1 Mar 2002.
CPL fell out of PT formation run and fell to the ground died of an aneurysm. 1 Mar 2002.
LTCDR Christopher M. Blaschum, piloting an F-14B "Tomcat" from Fighter Squadron 143, killed despite ejecting, when his aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean Sea immediately after launch from the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67). 2 March 2002.
Recruit collapsed while marching with his platoon. Three Parris Island drill instructors might have taken training too far, leading to the collapse of a recruit. Recruit was taken to a battalion aid station, where he became unconscious, lapsed into a coma, and was transferred to a local hospital and subsequently moved to Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. 8 Mar. 2002.
Arabian Sea. F-14A overboard on landing, John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Aircraft returned from mission and was conducted an arrested night landing onboard USS Stennis. Upon engagement of the arresting gear, the aircraft's tail hook failed. The aircraft continued off the angle with insufficient flying speed and impacted the water. Both crewmembers ejected and were recovered only one suffered minor injuries. Aircraft destroyed. 8 Mar. 2002.
HH-46D "Sea Knight" helicopter crashed in Atlantic Ocean during a search and rescue mission. One crew member killed. 9 Mar. 2002.
Lt. Terri Sue Fussner, Lt. Wayne Francis Roberts, and Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class Jason Edward Lawson in a SH-60B"Seahawk" from Helicopter Squadron Light (HSL) 46, died in crash in central Mediterranean. 12 Mar. 2002.
Yuma--FA-18A Pilot ejected during one on one Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM). Aircraft crashed on the Yuma range. The pilot was safely recovered with only minor injuries. 15 Mar. 2002.
Camp Pendleton--six marines injured when amphibious assault vehicle overturned during a training exercise on base. 19 Mar. 2002.
A Marine recruit fell out of a 1. 5 mile training run and was taken to the hospital, where he later died. 23 Mar 2002.
Sgt. Major fell out of training run and was taken to the hospital where he later died. 23 Mar 2002.
Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Matthew Bourgeois killed by land mine during training exercise near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Another SEAL was injured. The mine had apparently been planted by Taliban or al-Qaida forces before they fled the area in December 2000. 28 Mar. 2002.
Two propeller-driven Extra 300L aircraft from a test pilot school crashed into each other during a formation takeoff at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD. LCDR Christopher C. Tragna killed LT Kevin Quarderer and two civilian crew members injured. 2 Apr. 2002.
PAX River, MD. 1 Navy death, LCDR Tragna, and a Contractor flight instructor died. Two contractor owned, contractor operated planes, were taking off in formation one aircraft aborted and the second aircraft impacted the first. Accident occurred at 2:50 p. m. when two Extra 300L aerobatic planes being used by the school to train test pilots crashed as they attempted a formation takeoff. 9 Apr. 2002.
MA1 suffered cardiac arrest during department physical training and died shortly thereafter. 9 Apr. 2002.
Seaman recruit collapsed and died while performing physical training at Naval Station Great Lakes. 16 Apr. 2002.
QF-4S Phantom II crashed at the Point Mugu Airshow in California, killing Navy pilot CDR Michael Norman and Marine radar intercept officer CAPT Andrew Muhs. 20 Apr. 2002.
Marine lost control of government-owned-vehicle, resulting in an accident. He later died due to his injuries. 29 Apr. 2002.
Camp Pendleton. Forklift accident, Gunnery Sgt. Jones died from injuries sustained in a forklift accident in which he was trapped underneath the overturned vehicle. Jones was the 3rd Battalion supply chief for the 1st Marine Division. 7 May 2002.
Lieutenant fell out during physical training at Naval Station Great Lakes and later died. 7 May 2002.
Seabee chief petty officer collapsed during battalion run and later died at hospital. 8 May 2002.
Seven people were missing when two T-39N apparently collided midair, south of Pensacola, 1530L hrs, 2 Raytheon pilots, 1 Royal Saudi Air Force, 3 US Navy, 1 USMC. 8 May 2002.
A forklift overturned, trapping the Marine driver underneath. Injuries resulted in death. 10 May 2002.
US sailor killed when struck by a US Navy hovercraft on the first day of the Cobra Gold military exercise in Thailand. The sailor was forward-deployed to Beach Master Unit One, Detachment Western Pacific, at Sasebo, Japan. The sailor was part of a unit that operates the Navy's Landing Craft, Air Cushioned. The LCAC was transferring 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit troops, equipment and vehicles when it struck the sailor. The LCAC was from the amphibious landing ship USS Essex (LHD-2). 14 May 2002.
An armored troop carrier rolled over while making a turn resulting in the death of Cpl. Joel Puchi, who died at the accident scene on the Marine Corps base 35 miles north of San Diego. The 14-ton light armored vehicle rolled over at 2:15 a. m. as Puchi and other members of the Third Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion from the Twenty Nine Palms Marine Base trained at Camp Pendleton. 15 May 2002.
USS Dolphin (AGSS-555), a Navy research submarine that holds the record diving depth caught fire and partly flooded off San Diego, California, but the 43 people aboard were rescued. Dolphin, reported the fire and flooding at 11:30 p. m. on Tuesday as it was operating on the ocean surface about 100 miles from San Diego. The crew was evacuated by small boat to another Navy vessel. A Coast Guard helicopter rescued two crewmembers who fell into the water. Some crewmembers had injuries that Cmdr. David Koontz described as "bumps and bruises. " The fire and the flooding were controlled and the submarine was stabilized early today, military officials said. The vessel remained at the accident site, assisted by frigate Thach, and a submarine support vessel. The submarine had been on a training mission since Monday. The 165-foot-long Dolphin, stationed in San Diego, is the Navy's only diesel-electric research submarine. Commissioned in 1968, it set a record test depth of more than 3,000 feet. 21 May 2002.
F/A-18A crash destroyed aircraft near Fallon, NV. Pilot ejected and recovered with minor injuries. 6 Jun 2002.
Marine drowned while swimming ashore after helicopter cast training (jumping without a parachute from a helicopter). 8 June 2002.
At Fresno Yosemite Intl Airport, a UH-1N helicopter crashed at 1800 hrs during a search and rescue (SAR) hoist. 1 SAR crew injured, 1 civilian death. 13 Jul 2002.
One crewmember injured and a civilian killed when a UH-1N "Huey" from Naval Air Station Lenmoore, California, made an emergency landing during a search and rescue hoist. 13 Jun. 2002.
Two aircrew injured when a AH-1W "Super Cobra" from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 crashed near Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. 27 Jun. 2002.
During a trench clearing live fire operation, a Marine threw a grenade which bounced back and detonated in close proximity to the Marines in Hawaii's Pohakuloa Training Area, Range 10. Three Marines were MEDEVAC'd to Hilo Hospital and five others treated for minor injuries. The three hospitalized Marines are in good condition, with most serious injuries shrapnel wounds and one Marine who had the tip of the little finger amputated. 5 Jul 2002.
F-14B from NAS Oceana crashed off VA Beach. Two crewmembers were recovered by US Coast Guard and taken to local hospital. 8 Jul 2002.
Two UH-60 helicopters intermeshed turning rotor systems on the ground in Fallon, NV. Taxiing helo's main rotor hit a parked/turning helo's tail rotor. No major injuries--but two maintenance personnel were slightly injured by flying debris. Damage to both helicopters and a third shutdown/parked helicopter exceeds $1 million. 9 July 2002.
Marine Sgt. Major died after complaining about chest pains subsequent to performing unit physical training. 13 July 2002.
SKSN collapsed while performing physical readiness training at Reserve Center Greenville, SC and died. 13 July 2002.
A sailor collapsed while performing mandatory physical training at Pearl Harbor. 17 July 2002.
High-Mobility, Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HUMMWV) rolled over at Camp Lejeune during rehearsal preparations for a live fire exercise. Marine Lance Cpl. was riding in the gun turret of HUMMWV when vehicle rolled over and pinned him underneath causing his death. 26 July 2002. (possibly 20 July?)
A GSM2 collapsed and died while participating in routine swim test at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, SC. 27 July 2002.
Pilot injured when T-34C Turbo Mentor of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 crashed near Bear City, California. 6 Aug. 2002.
Midshipman 2d Class John Paul Ruggiero apparently fell from his fourth floor Bancroft Hall dormitory window and died at the Naval Academy. 18 August 2002.
Navy SEAL CDR Peter G. Oswald died during a fall from a US Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter while using a standard fast roping technique. 27 August 2002.
Marine Pfc. Jeremy R. Purcell was shot in the chest and killed by a live round in a blanks-only drill. Camp Pendleton, California. 28 August 2002.
One passenger killed when SH-60B "Seahawk" of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light 43 crashed into the sea while operating from USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) in the Arabian Gulf. 6 Sep. 2002.
Three crewmembers were killed when an S-3B "Viking" of Sea Control Squadron 22 crashed into the Caribbean Sea while operating from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). 10 Sep. 2002.
Marine sustained fatal injuries in crash while training in a civilian aircraft. 23 Sep. 2002.
DoD news release notes that 82 personnel died in aviation mishaps in fiscal 2002.
Pilots LT. Matthew S. Shubzda and LT. Joel A. Korkowski, and weapons systems officers LT. Stephen R. Nevarez and LT Stephen N. Benson from Strike Fighter Squadron 41 died when two F/A-18F Super Hornets collided during an exercise in California. October 18, 2002.
Two AH-1W Super Cobras from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775 collided at Laredo International Airport, TX. Four killed. 22 Jan 2003.
Columbia Space Shuttle (Mission STS-107) broke apart during re-entry to Earth's atmosphere over Texas. CDR William C. McCool (Pilot), CAPT David M. Brown (Mission Specialist), CDR Laurel B. Clark (Mission Specialist), and four non-Navy astronauts died. 1 Feb. 2003.
Seaman Ariel Morataya from USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) died at Rodriguez Zambrano General Hospital in Manta, Ecuador, of injuries suffered while on liberty. 10 Feb. 2003.
Operation Iraqi Freedom (major combat phase from 19 Mar. to 1 May 2003). Marine casualties included 26 non-hostile deaths, 15 very serious injuries, and 127 serious injuries. USNS Comfort treated 650 patients 2 died. Fleet Hospital Three treated 600 patients 2 died. Fleet Hospital Eight treated 1380 patients 1 died. Some of these events involving naval personnel are detailed below.
Four Marines: MAJ Jay Thomas Aubin, CAPT Ryan Anthony Beaupre, CPL Brian Matthew Kennedy, Staff SGT Kendall Damon Watersbey, and eight British commandos died when the CH-46E "Sea Knight" Helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 crashed south of Umm Qasr, near Highway 801 in Kuwait. 21 Mar. 2003.
Navy LT Thomas Mullen Adams, an exchange officer with the Royal Navy's 849 Squadron assigned to HMS Ark Royal, died when two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters collided over international waters near Iraq. 22 Mar. 2003.
Marine Sgt. Nicolas M. Hodson from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, was killed, and three other injured in a vehicle accident in Kuwait. 23 Mar. 2003.
Marine Lance Cpl. Eric J. Orlowski of the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, killed by an accidental discharge of a . 50 cal machine gun in Iraq. 23 Mar. 2003.
Marine Corporal Evan James and Sergeant Bradley Korthaus drowned in southern Iraq attempting to cross the Saddam Canal, which runs parallel to the Euphrates River, without a safety line while wearing heavy gear and rifles. 24 Mar. 2003.
PFC Francisco A. Martinez Flores, Lance Cpl. Patrick T. O'Day, and Staff Sgt. Donald C. May, Jr. 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division were killed in traffic accidents during convoy operations in the vicinity of the Euphrates River. 25 Mar 2003.
MAJ. Kevin G. Nave of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, was killed and another injured when a US armored vehicle ran over them at night in Southern Iraq. 26 Mar. 2003.
A Marine from First Expeditionary Force was killed at night when he was hit by a High-Mobility, Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) while engaged in a firefight with Iraqi soldiers in South-Central Iraq. 28 Mar. 2003.
A Marine from First Marine Expeditionary Force drowned when the High-Mobility, Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) he was riding in rolled over into a canal in South-Central Iraq. 29 Mar. 2003.
Lance CPL. William W. White of 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, 1st Marine Division, was killed in a vehicle accident in Iraq. 29 Mar. 2003.
Staff SGT James W. Cawley was killed when he was accidentally struck by a High-Mobility, Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). 29 Mar. 2003.
UH-1N "Huey" from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-169 crashed in Iraq. Three killed. 30 Mar. 2003.
S-3B "Viking" from Sea Control Squadron 38 of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) veered off the flight deck after making an arrested landing. Shortly after touching down on deck, the S-3B malfunctioned while taxiing on the carrier's flight deck and slid to the port side of the deck. The plane went over the side and hit flight deck safety netting, with the two pilots aboard ejecting into the water. The plane then followed into the water. A helicopter from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 2 was performing search-and-rescue (SAR) operations for the flight cycle and arrived on scene immediately. Both slightly injured pilots were recovered by a SAR swimmer and transported to Constellation. 1 April 2003.
Marine Lance CPL. Joseph B. Maglione was killed by a non-combat weapon discharge at Camp Coyote, Kuwait. He was assigned to Bridge Company B, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group. 1 April 2003.
F-14A "Tomcat" crashed in souther Iraq owing to mechanical failure. A combat search and rescue team successfully recovered the pilot and radar intercept officer and took them to a coalition air base. Neither Navy crewmember was seriously injured. 2 April 2003.
Lance CPL. Brian E. Anderson was killed in a non-hostile accident west of An Nasiriyah, Iraq. Anderson was manning a . 50 caliber rifle on top of a 7-ton truck when the vehicle passed under and apparently snagged low hanging power lines. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. 2 April 2003.
PFC Christian D. Gurtner was killed by a non-combat weapons discharge when his M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon discharged, firing one round into his chest near Al Kut in southern Iraq. Apparently, the Marine had been sleeping with his weapon when it accidentally discharged. He was assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. 2 April 2003.
Marine PFC Chad E. Bales was killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident during convoy operations east of Ash Shahin, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Transportation Support Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group. 3 April 2003.
Marine Corps pilot and co-pilot suffered minor injuries when their AH-1 Cobra helicopter crashed near Samarra, Iraq. The incident was not the result of hostile fire. 14 April 2003.
Corporal Jason David Mileo was shot and killed in a "friendly fire" incident after being mistaken for an enemy solder in the vicinity of Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3d Battalion, 4th Marine regiment, 1st Marine Division. 14 April 2003.
A single-seat F-5E "Tiger II" aircraft from Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 13 crashed nine miles south of the Fallon Naval Air Station, Nevada, killing the pilot, LTCDR Anthony Domino. 18 April 2003.
Three Marines were killed and seven injured when a rocket-propelled grenade launcher they were firing for familiarization training malfunctioned. The incident occurred near the city of Al Kut, Iraq. The dead are: Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Todd Arnold and Chief Warrant Officer Robert William Channell, Jr., both from the 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Lance Corporal Alan Dinh Lam from the 8th Communication Battalion, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade. 22 April 2003.
An explosion occurred in a trash receptacle adjacent to a Marine berthing compartment aboard USS Saipan (LHA-2) injuring 11 personnel. None of the injuries were life threatening, but one Marine was evacuated to an Army field hospital in Kuwait for treatment of a serious arm injury the others were treated aboard. The injured personnel were members of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade. 7 May 2003.
LCPL Cedric E. Bruns, assigned to the 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, was killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Kuwait. He was driving a pickup truck that was struck on the driver side by another vehicle. 9 May 2003.
LCPL Matthew R. Smith, assigned to Detachment 1, Communications Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, was killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Kuwait. He was driving a High-Mobility, Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) as part of a convoy to Camp Coyote in Kuwait when his vehicle struck a parked trailer. 10 May 2003.
Two First Marine Expeditionary Force Marines were killed in Iraq when unexploded ordnance they were handling detonated. LCPL Jakub Henryk Kowalik and PFC Jose Franci Gonzalez Rodriguez were killed. 12 May 2003.
LCPL Nicholas Brian Kleiboeker was killed near Al Hillah, Iraq, when he was trapped in a munitions bunker that caught fire and exploded. He had been loading ammunition from the bunker into a vehicle. He was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. 13 May 2003.
CPL. Douglas Jose Marencoreyes died and another was injured in a truck accident. The Marines, from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, were traveling in a large transport truck (LVS--Logistics Vehicle System) when it rolled over approximately 30 km. southeast of Al Samawah, Iraq. The Marines were traveling to a pumping station while in support of civil military operations when the accident occurred. 18 May 2003.
Ch-46 "Sea-Knight" helicopter from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, with a crew of four, crashed shortly after take-off in the Shat Al Hillah Canal, Iraq, while conducting a re-supply mission in support of civil military operations. SGT. Kirk Allen Straseskie, on the bank of the canal, entered the water and drowned attempting a rescue of the crewmembers, all of which died. 19 May 2003.
Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Dwayne Williams tripped and fell overboard while chasing a football, falling 70 feet into the Atlantic from USS Nassau (LHA 4) and was lost at sea about 900 miles east of Norfolk, Virginia. 23 May 2003.
Petty Officer First Class Shaun Dale presumably fell overboard from USS Nassau (LHA 4) and drowned in the Atlantic Ocean. A search and rescue effort was conducted after he was discovered missing during a routine muster. Nassau launched helicopters in support of the search, and a US Coast Guard C-130 Search and Rescue aircraft joined the search. Additionally, the ship reversed its course and retraced its previous path. 25 May 2003.
SGT. Jonathan W. Lambert assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, died from injuries he suffered when his High-Mobility, Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) rolled over in Iraq. 26 May 2003.
Petty Officer 3d Class Doyle W. Bollinger, Jr., Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, died in Al Kut, Kuwait when he was handling a piece of unexploded ordnance accidentally detonated where he was working. The sailor was killed instantly and three others were injured, but stable. 6 June 2003.
Petty Officer 1st Class Raymond J. Pless died after cardiac arrest he had complained of chest pains during routine exercise and reported to medical personnel. He was a boatswain's mate on the USS Essex at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. 9 June 2003.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Danny E. Jones was found dead in an empty berthing space on the USS Fort McHenry at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan, where he was an operations specialist. 10 June 2003.
PFC. Ryan R. Cox, of 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, died as a result of wounds received from a non-combat weapon discharge near An Najaf, Iraq. 15 June 2003.
An 18-year old sailor collapsed in Minato-Machi Cho at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. He suffered cardiac arrest en route to the hospital and pronounced dead by hospital staff later that evening. 16 June 2003.
Captain Seth R. Michaud, an aviator with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461, was killed and 8 other US service members were wounded when an Air Force B-52 Stratofortress apparently dropped "multiple" bombs in the wrong area of Godoria Range during a Supporting Arms Training Exercise (SATEX), which is part of the routine training for personnel in Djibouti. The service members were supporting Combined Joint Task Force--Horn of Africa. 22 June 2003.
Marine Lance Corporal Gregory E. MacDonald, assigned to Bravo Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, was killed when the light armored vehicle he was traveling in rolled over in Iraq. 25 Jun. 2003.
Seaman Joshua McIntosh, assigned to the Third Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, died in Karbala, Iraq, from a non-hostile gunshot wound. 26 June 2003.
Marine Corporal Travis J. Bradachnall, assigned to Combat Service Support Group 11, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, was killed in an explosion during a mine clearing operation near the city of Karbala, Iraq. 2 Jul. 2003.
Lance Cpl. Jason Andrew Tetrault, assigned to the 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, was killed in Kuwait in a vehicle accident. 9 Jul. 2003.
Lance Cpl. Cory Ryan Geurin, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, died as a result of injuries received in Babylon, Iraq, when he fell 60 feet from a palace roof where he was standing guard duty. 15 Jul. 2003.
MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter from Heavy Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 4, crashed on land approximately 10 miles west southwest of Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella near Palagonia, Sicily, during a routine training mission. The dead included Executive officer CDR. Kevin A. Bianchi, LT. Peter Ober, Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Brian P. Gibson, and Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Samuel Cox . 16 Jul. 2003.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class David J. Moreno, with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, was killed in Al Hamishiyah, Iraq, from a non-hostile gunshot wound. 17 Jul. 2003.
F/A-18C Hornet crashed at Twentynine Palms, CA, killing the pilot. 22 July 2003.
USS George Washington (CVN-33) crewman killed during repositioning of an aircraft towing dolly. 21 Nov. 2003.
Four Marines seriously injured and six other Marines treated and then released at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital, NC, as a result of a High-Mobility, Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) running off Route US 17 and striking the side of a bridge. The driver, who lost control of the vehicle, was based at Camp Geiger, a training base adjacent to Camp Lejeune. The other nine Marines in the vehicle were students at Camp Geiger. 9 Aug. 2003.
During landing of an F/A-18C Hornet from VFA-106 on USS George Washington (CVN-73) in the Virginia Capes, an arresting wire broke. Several crewmen on deck were injured. 11 Sep. 2003.
UH-1N Huey from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 crashed at Camp Pendleton, CA. 4 killed. 22 Jan. 2004.
Seaman Apprentice George C. Schultz died from burn injuries sustained in an accident after he fell into a utility trench housing steam pipes at Naval Station Norfolk. He was stationed aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61). 26 Jan. 2004.
Marine Forces Pacific UC-35 crashed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA. Four personnel were killed. 10 Mar. 2004.
USS Pinckney (DDG 91) pre-commissioning unit personnel traveling by bus to Beaufort National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of the ship's namesake, who is buried there, collided with a truck on US Route 17 about 20 miles north of Beaufort, SC. Three sailors were killed, 24 were treated at area hospitals, and 47 suffered minor injuries. 12 Mar. 2004.
F/A-18 Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron 203 crashed on a low-level navigation flight training mission. The pilot ejected, but broke a leg. 29 Mar. 2004.
CDR Adrian B. Szwec died of a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 12 Apr. 2004.
F/A-18A Hornet from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 and pilot were lost while operating in southern California. 21 Apr. 2004.
Marine PFC Michael M. Carey, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, apparently drowned in a canal in Iraq. 18 May 2004.
F/A-18A Hornet from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 and pilot were lost at sea during night operations in the Atlantic Ocean. 27 Jun. 2004.
F/A-18C Hornet from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 departed the runway and overturned upon landing at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC. The pilot was killed. 28 Jun 2004.
A civilian employee of the Navy died when he fell 70 feet from the main mast of USS Constitution while performing maintenance on the mast and rigging. 29 Jun. 2004
CPL Terry Holmes, SGT Krisna Nachampassak, PFC Christopher J. Reed, and Staff Sgt. died in a non-combat related vehicle accident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. They were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 10 July 2004.
Lance CPL Dustin R. Fitzgerald died, in a non-combat related vehicle incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 1/2, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. 18 Aug 2004.
Gunnery SGT. Edward T. Reeder died in a non-combat related vehicle incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 21 Aug. 2004.
Lance CPL Nickalous N. Aldrich died from a non-hostile vehicle accident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 27 Aug. 2004.
PFC Kenneth L. Sickels died in a non-combat related incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. 27 Sep. 2004.
A sailor was injured when run over by a VFA-82 F/A-18C Hornet while it was being towed on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). 19 Oct. 2004.
Lance CPL Richard P. Slocum died due to a non-combat related vehicle accident near Abu Gharib, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. 24 Oct 2004.
Lance CPL Jeffrey Lam died as a result of a non-hostile vehicle incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Corps Reserve's 6th Communications Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group. 8 Nov. 2004.
Lance CPL Nicholas H. Anderson died in a vehicle incident while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 12 Nov. 2004.
Lance CPL Jordan D. Winkler died due to a non-combat related incident at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. He was assigned to Combat Service Support Battalion 1, Combat Service Support Group 11, 1st Force Service Support Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 26 Nov. 2004.
Staff Sgt. Jason A. Lehto, died in a non-hostile incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's Marine Wing Support Group 47, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. 28 Dec. 2004.
Navy Seaman Pablito Pena Briones, Jr died of a non-hostile gun shot wound in Fallujah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Marine Division. 28 Dec. 2004.
USS San Francisco ran aground south of Guam while traveling underwater (nearly instantaneous deacceleration from Flank [maximum] Speed to 4 knots). Machinist Mate 2nd Class Joseph Allen Ashley was in Aft Main Seawater Bay on Engineroom Upper Level Watch at the time of the grounding, and his body was thrown forward approximately 20 feet into Propulsion Lube Oil Bay. He suffered a severe blow to his forehead and never regained consciousness, dying two days later. 1 killed and 15 injured. 8 Jan. 2005.
CPL Paul C. Holter III died due to a non-combat related incident at Camp Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 14 Jan. 2005.
USS Ronald Reagan sailor Petty Officer 1st Class Benjamin J. Farrell died after being scalded with hot water while disassembling a valve in the steam plant of the ship's propulsion system. 20 Jan. 2005.
CH-53E helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq in a sandstorm in western Iraq while ferrying personnel from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force as well as Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, CA. The corpsman was assigned to Naval Medical Clinic Hawaii, Marine Corps Units Detachment, Pearl Harbor. 30 Marines and 1 Navy corpsman died. The dead included Petty Officer 3rd Class John D. House CPL Stephen P. Johnson, Lance CPL Fred L. Maciel, Staff SGT Brian D. Bland, SGT Michael W. Finke Jr., 1st LT. Travis J. Fuller, CPL Timothy M. Gibson, CPL Richard A. Gilbert Jr., CPL Kyle J. Grimes, Lance CPL Tony L. Hernandez, CPL Nathaniel K. Moore, Lance Cpl Gael Saintvil, CPL Nathan A. Schubert, Lance CPL Michael L. Starr Jr., Capt. Paul C. Alaniz, Lance CPL Jonathan E. Etterling, CAPT Lyle L. Gordon, Lance CPL Brian C. Lance CPL Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi Jr., CPL Sean P. Kelly, Staff SGT Dexter S. Kimble, Lance CPL Allan Klein, CPL James L. Moore, Lance CPL Mourad Ragimov, Lance CPL Rhonald D. Rairdan, Lance CPL Hector Ramos, Lance CPL Darrell J. Schumann, 1st LT Dustin M. Shumney, CPL Matthew R. Smith, Lance CPL Joseph B. Spence, and CPL Timothy A. Knight. 26 Jan. 2005.
SGT Andrew K. Farrar Jr. died due to a non-hostile related incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, 2nd Force Service Support Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force. 28 Jan. 2005.
LCDR Edward E. Jack died of a non-combat related incident aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard. He was assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron Seven. 29 Jan. 2005.
The aircrew of an F/A-18F Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron 102 ejected safely when the aircraft departed the flight deck on Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Several personnel on the flight deck were injured. 29 Jan. 2005.
Perez Jr., died as a result of non-hostile vehicle incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 6th Motor Transport Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group. 10 Feb. 2005.
Lance CPL Trevor D. Aston died as a result of non-hostile vehicle incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division. 22 Feb. 2005.
T-45C Goshawk from Training Squadron 7 crashed at NAS Meridian, Mississippi, with one fatality. 22 March 2005.
SGT James S. Lee died in Ghazni, Afghanistan, when the Army CH-47 helicopter he was on crashed. He was attached to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773, Marine Aircraft Group 42, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. 6 April 2005.
Lance CPL Juan C. Venegas died as a result of a vehicle accident while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was attached to Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. 7 April 2005.
Midshipman 2d Class Jay Michael Dixon apparently fell to his death from a campus dormitory at the Naval Academy. 9 April 2005.
CAPT Kelly C. Hinz and MAJ John C. Spahr died in a mid-air collsion of two F/A-18 aircraft over Iraq. They were assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, and embarked aboard the USS Carl Vinson. 2 May 2005.
Lance CPL Marc L. Tucker died as a result of a non-hostile vehicle accident in Asr Uranium, Iraq. He was assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd FSSG, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). 8 June 2005.
Lance CPL Kevin B. Joyce drowned after falling into the Pech River while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. 25 June 2005.
A CH-53E Super Stallion of Marine Aircraft Group 29 suffered damage and some aircrew injuries when the nose landing gear collapsed while taxiing at MCAS New River, North Carolina, causing the rotor blades to hit the ground and the helicopter. 30 June 2005.
Lance CPL Efrain Sanchez died as result of a non-hostile incident at Camp Blue Diamond, in Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. 17 July 2005.
F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 122 collided over NAWS China Lake, California. All three aviators ejected but one was killed. 18 July 2005.
Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas C. Hull died on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Arabian Gulf after being medically evacuated to the carrier for a non-combat related incident. Hull was an operations specialist assigned to the USS Princeton. 2 Aug. 2005.
Lance CPL Ryan J. Nass died from a non-hostile gunshot wound at Camp Blessing, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. 3 Sep 2005.
Hospitalman Robert N. Martens died from injuries sustained as a passenger when his HMMWV rolled over in Al Qaim, Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom this sailor was assigned to II Marine Division. 6 Sep. 2005.
Seaman Apprentice Robert D. Macrum was lost at sea from guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59) which was in the Arabian Gulf conducting maritime security operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was last seen on the evening of 12 September when the ship was underway. 12 Sep. 2005.
PVT Elijah M. Ortega died as result of a non-hostile gunshot wound at Camp Baharia, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. 26 Sep. 2005.
Petty Officer 1st Class Howard E. Babcock IV died in a motorcycle accident in Bahrain. Babcock was assigned to the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station in Bahrain. 13 Oct. 2005.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Fabricio Moreno, was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Manda Bay, Kenya. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, Port Hueneme, California, and was deployed as part of a Combined Joint Task Force--Horn of Africa construction team. 14 Oct. 2005.
Lance CPL Christopher M. Poston died from a non-hostile vehicle accident in Hit, Iraq. He was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 17 Oct. 2005.
MAJ Gerald M. Bloomfield II and CAPT Michael D. Martino died when their AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter crashed while flying in support of security and stabilization operations near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Both Marines were with Marine Light-Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 2 Nov. 2005.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Emory J. Turpin died when he drowned in the Seychelles islands. Turpin was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 deployed in the Republic of Seychelles. 20 Nov. 2005.
Staff SGT William D. Richardson, died of injuries sustained from a non-hostile vehicle accident near Al Taqaddum, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-372, Marine Wing Support Group-37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. In Iraq his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). 30 Nov. 2005.
SH-60B Seahawk of HSL-48 crashed into the water while operating off USS De Wert (FFG-45) in the eastern Pacific. Three crew members were lost at sea. 13 Dec. 2005.
T-39N Sabreliner of VT-86 crashed in Georgia during navigational training, resulting in four fatalities. 10 Jan. 2006.
PFC Michael Anthony Jordan died in an automobile accident in Manama, Bahrain. Jordan was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 50, Bahrain. 13 Jan 2006.
CPL Justin J. Watts assigned to assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, died at Forward Operating Base Haditha Dam in Iraq from an apparent non-hostile gunshot wound. 14 Jan. 2006.
F/A-18C Hornet of VFA-97 crashed at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, killing the pilot. 18 Jan. 2006.
PVT Lewis T. D. Calapini and Lance CPL. Joshua A. Scott died from a non-hostile vehicle
accident near Al Taqaddum, Iraq. They were assigned to Anti-Terrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, II Marine Expeditionary Force. 23 Jan 2006.
CPL Felipe C. Barbosa died from a non-hostile vehicle accident in Fallujah, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. 28 Jan 2006.
Lance CPL Steven L. Phillips died from a non-hostile vehicle accident while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Al Qaim, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force 7 Feb. 2006.
PFC Matthew L. Bertolino died when the vehicle he was traveling in was involved in a rollover while operating as part of a combat patrol near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. 9 Feb. 2006.
Eight marines died when two CH-53 helicopters crashed into the Gulf of Aden in the vicinity of Ras Siyyan, northern Djibouti, while flying a training mission in the Godoria Range area. The Marines were deployed to Djibouti as part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. They were assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, Marine Air Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force. The dead included 1st LT Brandon R. Dronet, SGT James F. Fordyce, Lance CPL Samuel W. Large, SGT Donnie Leo F. Levens, CPL Matthieu Marcellus, SGT Jonathan E. McColley, Lance CPL Nicholas J. Sovie, and CAPT Bryan D. Willard. Two US Air Force personnel were also killed. 17 Feb. 2006.
Lance CPL Matthew A. Snyder died from a non combat-related vehicle accident in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to Combat Service Support Group-1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 3 Mar. 2006.
Lance CPL Nicholas R. Anderson died in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. 13 Mar. 2006.
This is a selected list of non-hostile incidents resulting in US naval personnel casualties. A comprehensive list of such incidents would require a lifetime of research in archival records at numerous repositories. For example, between 1913 and 1931, 185 officers and 137 men died in 197 flight accidents, and between 7 December 1941 and 31 December 1946, 3,257 naval aviation personnel were killed in an unknown number of aircraft crashes. Only a few of these accidents are listed in this report, however, primarily owing to the lack of easy access to detailed information. By way of comparison, 3,618 naval aviation personnel were killed in action with the enemy from 7 December 1941 to 31 December 1946. [**check WW2 statistics against document at http://www. history. navy. mil/library/online/aviation_fatal. htm**] We have attempted to include major incidents such as those involving the sinking of a commissioned ship and specific accidents involving numerous personnel. Smaller incidents are only included if data was readily at hand. The date provided at the end of each entry is the date of the accident/incident, rather than the date of death of individuals who died subsequently to the event. Data are based on incomplete and sometimes conflicting sources. Suggested additions or corrections with photocopied supporting documentation should be mailed to: Webmaster, Naval Historical Center, 805 Kidder Breese Street, Washington Navy Yard DC 20374-5060.
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Falaise Gap - 19 - 21 Aug 1944
Post by Lodieu Didier » 02 Nov 2011, 11:51
Studying the fighting at St. Lambert-sur-Dives, it appears allways in the books that Squadron C from the South Alberta, Major Currie - played the principal defense of this village against the rests of the 7th Armee. We know also that two companies from the Argyll and Sutherland of Canda brings their support to the 15 Sherman from the C. In fact it rests just 7 tanks the morning of the 20th Aug.
I would like to see clear in that heroic affair, because the Sqaudron B played also an important role who holdind a ridge, in the trajectory of the germans (retreating) who crossed the village, and after the Squadron A came also. We know that Currie won the Victoria Cross, but the others squadrons Chiefs?
In the war diary of this Unity - South Alberta, all or near is about the Company C.
The 5th Anti tank regiment suported them also but, even in the historical Regt book, there is near nothing about this.
Is someone get the war diaries of the Argyll and Sutherland Rgt of canada and the one from the Lincoln and welland of canada ? I can pay by paypal.
All informations are welcome.
Re: Falaise Gap - 19 - 21 Aug 1944
Post by Tom from Cornwall » 12 Nov 2011, 16:07
I've just checked through some old photos of war diaries on my laptop and I do have copies of the Albertas and A&S Highlanders WDs for these days. I will try to get round to transcribing them in the next couple of weeks and post those dates on here.
I'm hoping to get to National Archives again this year,and will see if I can find the Lincolns and Wellands WD for these dates as well. A quick glance at the Albertas WD suggests that the record is very balanced across its constituent parts and there is not a particular emphasis on C Sqn. I'm not sure if the records in the UK contain all the details which would be included in the records in Canada. Most of the British WDs I've seen contain quite brief day to day details in the actual WD sheets, but often contain longer detailed descriptions of specific actions of interest.
Any Canadian researchers out there who could look??
Re: Falaise Gap - 19 - 21 Aug 1944
Post by Lodieu Didier » 12 Nov 2011, 18:51
A big thanks for your kindness. But don't translate anything, i can read in english. If there is something to pay, no problem.
I have the war diary from the South Alberta, but it's far to be clear for me. We are allways reading the exploits of Major Currie and it's Squadron C, but there is also two others squadrons which were engaged. We know a little about the B, but near nothing about the A. The Staff companies with his stuart which were engaged between St Lambert and Trun are few mentioned. About the 15 Sherman from Curry's squadron, how much he got still at the end of the 21th Aug.? Maybe 2 or nothing at all. It's the same for the two others squadrons. It's not like the german unities,we know how much they got panzers before the battle and after the battle.
Impossible also to find something about the two troops from the 5th Anti tank regiment which supported Currie.
I have a lot of informations from the argyll and sutherland of canada which seems clear, but I don't get their war diary. There is also two platoons from the Lincoln and welland which arrived at Cote 117 to reinforce the staff of SAR.
About the name of Rauch for the Hptm who were captured, i would like to know who baptised this officer that we never see again, after the picture. Very strange.
This fighting of St. Lambert must be check again.
Best wishes and thanks for your interest.
Re: Falaise Gap - 19 - 21 Aug 1944
Post by Tom from Cornwall » 12 Nov 2011, 22:20
As promised here is the WD for Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada for 18-21 Aug 44:
I managed to copy these bits during "Strictly Come Dancing" - so really I should be thanking you!!
"18 August 1944
About 1000 hours a long stream of traffic was noticed moving from west to east on the Battalion front. Although the C.O. was in doubt as to its ownership, he ordered a few tanks to open up in its general direction. A few minutes later Brigade advised us that this was the 53rd British Division. Cease fire was given. As later events show, this was the mass German exodus from the gap, or, at least beginning thereof.
At 1500 hours “B” Company came under command of the S.A.R. to support them in an attack on St. Lambert-Sur-Dives. This was to be one of the culminating actions in the battle of Normandy. By a road leading eastward through St. Lambert the enemy was sending thousands of vehicles and tanks in an effort to extricate them from the trap. It was the task of our force to seal this gap. At 1600 hours the Battalion was ordered to move to high ground east of Trun. The move was uneventful.
19 August 1944
For the next few days, the Battalion, excluding “B” and “C” Companies, the latter joining “B” at St. Lambert around 1800 hours, engaged in little activity. The Artillery was kept busy shelling enemy columns that presented unbelievably tempting targets the Carrier and Scout Platoons were sent out on numerous Hun sweeps, from which they invariably returned with a rich bag of confused and dejected prisoners. Meanwhile, “B” and “C” Companies were engaged in very heavy but most successful fighting at St. Lambert. The following stories of personal heroism emerged from the day’s fighting:
(1) Early in the morning, “B” Company attacked St. Lambert cleared one half of the town, and then consolidated in the centre. A few yards on the other side of the main cross-roads was a Panther tank drawn up beside a house. Lt. Armour, O.C. of 10 platoon, called for volunteers to go and get the tank. Cpl. Hannivan and Ptes LaForrest and Code immediately volunteered. To reach the tank the party had to clear the intervening houses. Finally there, Lt. Armour climbed on top of the tank with a 36” grenade in his hand. Just as he was about to drop the grenade in the turret, a Jerry officer looked out. Lt. Armour was the first to recover from their common shock. He forced the German to come out. But the Jerry was armed with an automatic pistol and closed with him. Lt. Armour knocked him off the tank but in doing so lost his balance. Pte LaForrest shot and seriously wounded the Jerry. B now, the tank had closed its turret and had started up the motor. It backed up about 25 ft and stopped to get a clear view of the wounded Jerry. The small turret to the left of the gun opened and a head emerged. Cpl Hannivan, who was observing from the corner of a building about 30 ft away, took aim with his Sten and shot the unfortunate Jerry through the forehead. Lt. Armour immediately seized this opportunity he ran up and dropped the grenade into the open turret. The tank’s motor was still running it backed up and came to rest against the building. The party kept watch over the tank until a Piat was brought up and finished.
(2) While two platoons of “C” Company were acting in co-operation with tanks of the South Alberta Regiment, an 88mm shell knocked out and set fire to a tank from which three of the crew escaped, but in which the driver was trapped. C.S.M. Mitchell, together with Pte M.R. Holmes ran forward out of cover, and under the direct fire of the enemy, climbed upon the tank. After a full five minutes, during which they ran the added and imminent risk of death or injury from exploding ammunition, they managed to pull the driver out alive.
20 August 1944
During the day the enemy attempted several counter-attacks, both in the Battalion area and at St. Lambert, but in each instance was beaten back with heavy losses. A/Major Ivan Martin, O.C. “B” Company and Lt. Dalphé were killed during the fighting at St. Lambert. The fatalities occurred in this way: A/Major Martin was conferring with a German M.O. about methods of removing German wounded from our lines since the M.O. was speaking French, Lt. Dalphé was acting as interpreter. An 88mm shell landed in the middle of the group, killing Lt. Dalphé instantly, and fatally wounding A/Major Martin.
21 August 1944
The heavy fighting in St. Lambert ended today. As one English correspondent put it, the town became the symbol of the utter defeat and annihilation of the German Army. The roads leading from the town were jammed with wrecked German vehicles the ditches beside were lined with their dead and the dirty, oily Dives River was swollen with wreckage and the bodies of horses and men. “B” and “C” Companies, totalling between them not more than 70 men, took in the vicinity of 3000 prisoners. Their own casualties were high, about 30%, but not unusually high, considering that the enemy outnumbered them by 50:1. It was on this day that Pte, later Sergeant, McAllister of “B” Company, distinguished himself by bringing in, single-handed around 150 prisoners, thereby eliciting from enthusiastic newspaper reporters frequent reference to Sergeant York, and ultimately achieving the greatest journalistic notoriety possible a write-up in “TIME” Magazine."
I'll dig out the actual National Archive reference tomorrow but it will be WO179/something.
Re: Falaise Gap - 19 - 21 Aug 1944
Post by Lodieu Didier » 13 Nov 2011, 11:40
I got all of this, but some details, i haven't. About the Panther destroyed by Armour, it is mentioned that this was a Panther, probably the one from the SS-Pz.Rgt. 9. I got diffrents sources that mentioned different kind of panzers, Tiger of course !
It's too bad that this wd is not developped because this one is very honest about St Lambert. There must be some rapports somewhere but it's better than nothing. There is alo the historical rgt where we can find some details. Do you get it also ?
In all case I thankgiven you for your support.
Re: Falaise Gap - 19 - 21 Aug 1944
Post by Tom from Cornwall » 13 Nov 2011, 14:17
The reference for the UK NA file is WO171/2924. The file only contains the sheets from the war diary - no after action reports or strength returns are often found in the British files.
That's all I've got I'm afraid. Have you tried on "World War Two talk" - they have a section dedicated to unit documentation which includes some Canadian stuff. It might be worth asking on that forum as well.
Re: Falaise Gap - 19 - 21 Aug 1944
Post by Lodieu Didier » 13 Nov 2011, 16:59
Hum, it's not so easy to find something about an incredible battle like this. After all, it's canadian archivs in which i must dig and not those from UK. But it's allways interesting to check. It's not the first time that i work with the canadians archivs, but all of them seems also poors than the one from the SAR or Argyll's. I'll check also with WW 2 talk.
Sincerely yours and one thousand thanks.
Re: Falaise Gap - 19 - 21 Aug 1944
Post by Tom from Cornwall » 12 Mar 2012, 22:25
I think you have the South Alberta war diary but I thought others might be interested - WO179/3012:
18 August 1944
Clear and warm.
“B” Sqn moved off at 0001 hrs carrying the leading coy of ALGONQUINS on the tanks. They arrived at the FUP at 0500 hrs to put in an attack on LE MARAIS LA CHAPELLE 2634.
The plan for the attack is to have on [one?] troop supporting a coy of Inf while the remainder of the Sqn formed a firm base with 2 corp [coys?] of Infnatry.
The attack was successful against very light opposition. A few PW were taken and 2 enemy half tracks destroyed.
As evidence that the enemy is withdrawing hurriedly “A” Sqn reported enemy tanks and soft skinned vehicles moving SOUTH at high speed from area 224322.
The advance towards TRUN 3029 continued with “B” Sqn carrying a coy of the ARGYLLS.
“C” Sqn proceeded towards ST LAMBERT SUR DIVES 3426 and CHAMBOIS 4051 our final objectives.
By taking CHAMBOIS we would cut off the last remaining gap out of which the Jerry could escape from FALAISE.
RHQ and “B” Sqn temporarily harboured in an orchard at 313295 in the town of TRUN. At this time Major T.B. NASH took over “B” Sqn as the CO ordered them to go forward. He also ordered RHQ troop to proceed down to “C” Sqn’s positions at hill 117 – 3328.
It began to look as if a big show were coming off. The weather being difficult comns beginning to fail.
“B” and “C” Sqns and RHQ troop leaguered on hill 117 at about midnight.
The remainder of RHQ which now became a relay station moved to area 306300 where better wireless comns were established and remained there for the night.
The town of ST LAMBERT was reported to be strongly held by A/Tk guns and Infantry and everybody stood to awaiting for some movement which would start things flying.
19 August 1944
Rain throughout the night clearing up shortly after first light and becoming clear and warm.
All crews stood to throughout the night which passed without incident.
At first light “C” Sqn and the coy of Infantry moved on ST LAMBERT “B” Sqn taking up positions to cover them. “A” Sqn moved into position on their rt. RHQ troop took up a defensive position behind “B” Sqn.
During the morning “B” Sqn pushed fwd beyond ST LAMBERT to the left rear to point 124 sq 4053 leaving RHQ in possession of Hill 117.
The CO ordered the attd SP troop forward to RHQ position and also asked for all available PIATs which were duly sent.
Our own aircraft appeared on the scene at 0800 hrs but were unwelcomed by our fwd troops.
However they did a good job and accounted for several enemy.
“C” Sqn took 20 PW and knocked out a Mk IV tank, Capt REDDEN getting credit for the tank.
During the morning the ridge to the SOUTH which later became famous as the FALAISE RIDGE was kept under observation but no movement of any kind was seen. RHQ troops first contact with the enemy came when two Ukrainian stragglers wandered into the line s and on being questioned they advised that there were 20 more of them hiding in a farm house about a mile and a half away from ST LAMBERT. An offr and 1 OR were sent fwd to pick these up. This was done and the civilians in the area informed us that this sector was full of small parties of Jerries wandering through.
The prisoners were brought back without eventuality.
At 1100 hrs very heavy convoy movement was observed on the FALAISE RIDGE. The tanks immediately began to shoot up all visible targets and the CO also brought arty fire down on them.
Apparently Jerry had no idea we were in the vicinity.
However it was not all one sided as return 88 fire was received causing readjustment of positions.
During the shellfire Capt REDDEN and Lieut BURGER were wounded.
During the afternoon prisoners started to come in to RHQ troop in large numbers particularly from “C” Sqn. With the few men available these became quite a nuisance to handle.
The main road leading down from TRUN was under enemy fire and observation and a new back road had to be found to take back prisoners and to bring amn fwd. In this role the AA tanks proved to be invaluable.
By nightfall it was realised that the front of about 1000 yds would have to be held by RHQ troop which consisted of 4 Shermans, 5 Stewarts [sic], 4 Crusaders, 4 17 pr SPs and 3 Scout Cars, some 80 all ranks.
Defences were tied up with personnel manning ground posts with Brownings and Brens augmented by patrols. The help of the attd SP troop and their .50 calibre Brownings was invaluable.
Wireless comn became difficult and the half tracks with 2 light tanks and 2 AA tanks moved back to their previous harbour in TRUN.
20 August 1944
Clear night and cool clear morning becoming quite warm by noon.
The night was rather hectic with considerable infiltration by enemy infantry. Small parties of infantry were shot up all night and the bag of prisoners considerably augmented.
The prisoners were a source of worry for RHQ troop as at this time there were about 500 awaiting movement back to the rear. Lieut P.B. HOWARD and about 3 men were all that could be spared to handle them. As a result prisoners kept lying on the ground covered by tanks ready to fire on fixed lines with searchlights mounted. Casualties for RHQ troop during the night were two men wounded in a skirmish with a patrol of about 30 Jerries.
Lieut D.M. SHUTE captured a Jerry convoy of 10 vehicles and 200 men with a scout car mounting a bren gun.
“C” Sqn took a PW with a marked map in his possession showing the enemy’s line of withdrawal.
For the first hour after first light everything seemed very quiet. Considerable movement was observed on the FALAISE RIDGE which was obligingly stonked by arty.
At about 0800 hrs waves of German infantry began moving against the positions. It could hardly be called an attack as there was no covering fire plan, simply a mass movement of riflemen.
RHQ tanks were moved to better fire positions and began to mow down the advancing Infantry.
Similar activity occurred on “B” and “C” sectors, “B” Sqn finding themselves defending the axis of an enemy attack and “C” Sqn busily engaged in knocking off Infantry on their front sending back an additional 200 PW at 0930 hrs.
A little later the situation at RHQ began to get out of hand as there were just too many infantry. The CO ordered “A” Sqn to move into the position to sp RHQ and with this the enemy broke and fled.
From a PW it was ascertained that the idea behind the attack was a mass recce to find any holes in our lines to enable the large forces trapped in the pocket to find a way through.
The casualties inflicted on the enemy by RHQ troop alone were two – three hundred killed and wounded and one hundred PW taken.
“C” Sqn reported that the POLISH ARMD RECCE UNIT was in CHAMBOIS and by 1600 hrs “C” Sqns bag of prisoners had amounted to 500. They knocked out a Panther tank and reported their position firm except for a few snipers in the vicinity. The men became tired and the CO asked if relief could be sent, infantry particularly being needed.
“C” Sqn freed 12 American PW from the Jerries and put them to work with ground weapons.
German wounded in the Regt’l area by this time amounted to three hundred and evacuation became difficult. The MO did an excellent job of work with the assistance of more ambs being sent from Bde.
The Jerries sent over a request for us to remove their wounded from a hospital in the vicinity and a party was sent out under a red cross flag to size up the situation. It proved to be a trap and Lieut BURNS and 3 other ranks were killed. Later 500 German wounded were passed through our lines.
“C” Sqn reported three 88 mms moving into the town from the SOUTHWEST and enemy tanks were reported moving in the direction of “C” Sqns position. With this “C” Sqn prepared to engage enemy armour at close range.
“B” Sqns position became precarious with enemy tanks moving to their left flank and rear.
21 August 1944
Clear night, rain in the morning clearing up by noon.
Just after midnight some Infantry Units from 3 CDN DIVISION started to come in to help the situation.
“B” Sqn was forced to withdraw back over the river as by this time they were surrounded. They succeeded in fighting their way back. Lieut HOWARD turned the tables on one Jerry who attempted to take him prisoner.
At 0730 hrs “C” Sqn knocked out another Mk IV tank and took 50 PW. They also reported that the enemy in their area were ready to surrender. At the same time “A” Sqn saw 2 enemy vehicles bearing white flags at 318289 and it appeared that they had had about enough. With this the Jerries on the whole front were ordered to surrender or suffer the consequences.
The PW started to come in in large numbers and by 1200 hrs “C” Sqn had sent back 150 wounded enemy and 700 PW. The total for the Regt today being 200 wounded and 1000 PW.
3 DIV INF started to come in and relieve us in our position which helped considerably.
Throughout the afternoon PW were coming in by the thousand and at 1715 hrs when we were officially relieved of our position the enemy casualties inflicted by the Regt were estimated at 7000 PW, 2000 killed and 3000 wounded from the time we arrived at ST LAMBERT.
We prepared to pull out of our position but the Infantry had not got fully in and we were ordered to remain there until they did. By nightfall the situation hadn’t cleared and we prepared to stay again in the same area.
The CO asked for harassing fire tasks to be laid on which was duly carried out but the limitations were great due to the fact that we had friendly troops in CHAMBOIS.
FACT SHEET: Normandy Landings
The Normandy Landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, supported Operation Overlord and paved the way for the liberation of Europe. The Allies selected Normandy as the landing site for the invasion because it provided the best access to France&rsquos interior. Initially planned for May 1944, the invasion was delayed until June due to a lack of landing craft. Weather conditions almost caused another delay, but Commander of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force General Dwight Eisenhower made the decision to proceed as planned.
Background on the Normandy Landings
The assault began shortly after midnight on June 6, 1944, with an air bombardment consisting of more than 2,200 allied bombers attacking targets along the coast and inland. Clouds hindered the air strikes, however, and the coastal bombing at Omaha Beach was particularly ineffective. More than 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne assault troops and 1,200 aircraft followed the air bombardment. At 1:30 a.m. the 101st (U.S.) Airborne Division began landing behind Utah beach to secure the exits from the beach, and the 82d (U.S.) Airborne Division began landing at 2:30 a.m. to secure bridges on the right flank of the beachhead. Thick cloud cover also hindered the air insertion, and many of the units missed their landing zones, often by miles. On the coastline, the second phase began at 5:30 a.m. as forces when six Allied divisions and numerous small units began landing on five beaches. The Allies landed more than 160,000 troops at Normandy, of which 73,000 were American. There were also 83,115 British and Canadian forces who landed on Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches.
By the end of the first day, none of the assault forces had secured their first-day objectives. Allied casualties on June 6 have been estimated at 10,000 killed, wounded, and missing in action: 6,603 Americans, 2,700 British, and 946 Canadians. Over the following days the Allies gradually expanded their tenuous foothold. When a failed German counterattack on August 8 resulted in more than 50,000 German troops being encircled by Allied forces near the town of Falaise, the tide turned, and the Allies broke out of Normandy on August 15. Once out of Normandy, Allied forces advanced quickly and liberated Paris on August 25. German forces retreated across the Seine five days later, marking the end of Operation Overlord.
The cost of the Normandy campaign was high on both sides. From D-day through August 21, the Allies landed more than two million men in northern France and suffered more than 226,386 casualties: 72,911 killed/missing and 153,475 wounded. German losses included over 240,000 casualties and 200,000 captured. Between 13,000 and 20,000 French civilians died, and many more were seriously wounded.
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
The Normandy American Cemetery is the resting place for 9,387 Americans, most of whom gave their lives during the landing operations and in the establishment of the beachhead. The names of 1,557 soldiers are inscribed on tablets in the cemetery&rsquos Garden of the Missing. They came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The remains of approximately 14,000 others originally buried in this region were returned home at the request of their next of kin. A father and his son are buried here, side by side, and in 33 instances two brothers rest side by side. The headstones are of white Italian marble -- a Star of David for those of Jewish faith and a Latin Cross for all others. The permanent cemetery is located on land France granted to the United States in perpetuity, on the site of the temporary American cemetery established June 8, 1944. It is one of 14 permanent World War II military cemeteries constructed on foreign soil by the American Battle Monuments Commission, an independent U.S. federal agency that commemorates the service, sacrifice, and achievements of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The memorial consists of a semi-circular colonnade with a loggia at each end. On the platform immediately west of the colonnade is sculptor Donald De Lue&rsquos 22-foot bronze statue, &ldquoThe Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves,&rdquo a tribute to those who gave their lives in these operations. Around its base is the inscription, &ldquoMine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the Lord.&rdquo The floor of the memorial&rsquos open area is set with pebbles taken from the invasion beach below the cliff.
Hey pallies, likes dudes our pallies at the Dean Martin Timeline (clicks on tag of this Dino-gram to goes there) have 'gain 'lerted us that today is 'nother Dino-historical date in the life and legacy of our most beloved Dino. Likes it was on this date 67 years ago today that our great man gots himself his first radio gig where he crooned dem tunes for a quarter of an hour on a New York station.
Just wonderin' if back in those early days they recorded such programmes. likes woulda it be likes the coolest if we coulda gets cd copies of those Dino-episodes of
"Songs By Dean Martin"? Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool. oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth! Dino-dreamin', DMP
btw pallies, this Dino-pix seems to be early Dino. any of you dudes have any clues about whena and wherea it mighta be snapped?
August 21, 1944 Dean gets his own radio program called "Songs by Dean Martin," a 15-minute show from New York where Dean would croon four or five songs
21 August 1944 - History
On Saturday, 5 August 1944 Japanese prisoners at Cowra staged a breakout that resulted in the deaths of 4 young Australians and 231 Japanese.
The camp, officially known as No.12 POW Group, was a complex of four individual camps separated by cross roads. Each camp was originally built to house 1,000 prisoners.
Earlier, on Friday 4, in accordance with the Geneva Convention, notice was given of a transfer of all Japanese prisoners below the rank of Lance Corporal from Cowra to the Hay Prisoner of War Camp.
At 0150 hours on Saturday 5 August 1944 an unauthorized bugle was heard in camp B and immediately thereafter up to 900 Japanese prisoners of war rushed from their huts and attacked the fences of the compound. The outer fence was stormed in two places, with the prisoners using blankets and baseball gloves to minimize the damage inflicted by the barbed wire fencing.
Others set fire to eighteen of the camps twenty huts while those incapable of activity committed suicide by hanging or stabbing themselves, their bodies being burnt in the fires. Those that did not want to become involved were murdered by their comrades.
Armed with a wide assortment of weapons, including knives, one group attacked the crew of a Vickers gun that was stationed outside the camp. Members of the 22nd Garrison Battalion opened fire, causing a large number of casualties.
During the ensuring nine days 334 prisoners were retaken, of which 25 were dead. Of the dead, 11 were found hanging from trees and two had been killed by trains.
In all, 231 Japanese POW's were killed and 108 wounded. One Australian Officer was killed along with three Australian other ranks, while four others were wounded.
This made Cowra the largest POW breakout, eclipsing other well known Break-outs such as the "great escape" from Stalag Luft III.
Of all the prisoners housed in Australia during the war the Japanese were undoubtedly the most bitter and resentful. Under the Japanese rules of war (known as the Bushido code) prisoners were disgraced persons. Every soldier had an obligation to die for the Emperor and if the enemy succeeded in capturing him he was expected to kill himself.
The Australian guards could not even pretend to understand this attitude and saw most of the Japanese prisoners as surly and fanatical. Things were not helped when late in the war information reached Australia about the way the Japanese were treating Australian prisoners.
It was this mutual incomprehension between the two races which led to the 'night of a thousand suicides' when the Japanese in the Cowra prison camp attempted a mass breakout on 5 August 1944. As a result, 231 Japanese and four Australians were killed. The Australian guards thought the Japanese were attempting to take over the camp. Actually, they were attempting to kill themselves.
Yet there is no evidence to suggest that the Australian authorities treated the Japanese prisoners any differently to any other group. Unlike the Italians they were not permitted to leave the camps to work on the farms but otherwise they received the same rations and were subject to the same discipline. At no time was there any attempt to wreak revenge on the Japanese for their treatment of Australian prisoners. Unfortunately this attitude was misinterpreted by some of the Japanese as weakness and on several occasions they pushed matters as far as they could by refusing to work when ordered, refusing to turn up on parades and refusing to salute Australian officers. Had Australian prisoners acted in the same fashion in Japanese POW camps their punishment would have been severe.